- Java Communications (Serial) API - This API 3.0 does not support Windows and 2.0 is 4 years old and has been abandon.. If the Video For Linux and Native Java speech recognition was good enough I would not use Windows, but because of those two issues and those sensors being the only ones for this robot, I need a communications API for Windows. So I am going to write my own JNI wrapper and/or serial web server.
- Java Media Framework is 4 years old and has been abandon.
Good News #1, because of the Serial Web Server I was able to create I was able to bypass The Java Communications API completely using C#. Now because the new web serial port will implement the same interface as my Standard Serial Port (via Java Comm) we can interchange them if moving to Linux.
Good News #2, I was able to convert at USB web camera into a Network Web Camera using some C#. The camera will be accessed via HTTP and return a JPG image 320x240 for now. I will post about it once I test it.
Kudos to Microsoft. These are a few things I could not do with Java so after about 4 hours or so of searching code and and hacking with VS2005 Pro, I was able to get these to work. I think the larger question is what do I want the robot to do?
Since this is a test robot, I will just test the vision, object recognition and the remote interface. Also because of the tele-presence I should be able to write code from my PC upstairs and run it on Carnot in the basement.