Using the Cortex Carolyn Bauer August 5-6, 2013
Charge the Batteries • Before you begin any work, charge the following: • Both 7.2 V batteries • All 6 AAA batteries
Introduction to easyC® & Cortex™ Adapted from http://www.intelitekdownloads.com/easyCV4/intro.pdf and http://best.eng.auburn.edu/stored_procedures/folder-manager/create-folder.php?folder=491&parent_id=489
Setup for Download of Firmware to Cortex/Joystick • AAA batteries in joystick • Connect programming cable • Power on • Open easyC • Use same connection with Cortex microcontroller
Install easyC • Install easyC v4 for Cortex (Trial version) on your computer • Download from http://www.intelitekdownloads.com/easyCV4/
easyC®V4 Programming Software • Download from the website. • Run as Administrator to install.
Unlocking easyC® • Right-click easyC , Run as Administrator • Type in your CD Key and click Unlock.
Updating easyC® Go to Help…Check For Updates. If you don’t have the latest version, you can download updates.
Updating Firmware on Controller and Joystick We don’t need to do this in 2013 • Start…All Programs…easyC v4 For Cortex…IFI VEXNet Firmware Utility
Updating Controller and Joystick • Select SEARCH. If the response is Upgrade requiredthen BOOTLOADand YES.
Updating Controller and Joystick • Click DOWNLOAD. • Afterward you should see:
Updating Controller and Joystick • Now repeat the entire SEARCH…BootLoad… DOWNLOAD process with the Cortex Microcontroller.
Tethering Controller and Joystick Do this in 2013 After updating the firmware on both the joystick and Cortex microcontroller: • Connect the two devices with the tethering cable and turn them both on. • Wait until both VEXNet LEDs turn solid green. This lets the devices learn each other’s addresses, so that they can talk together wirelessly.
BEST Control System • Training from BEST Robotics, Inc. online Resources • Includes photos of all items in Returnable Kit • Hookups, labels, system features of Cortex • Motor connections & motors, servos • Digital, analog connections • BEST default firmware (default program) • Programming options • Testing tips; team tips; joystick calibration • Where to find help