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FlashFly is an innovative system that allows a user to remotely download BASIC Stamp programs to Stamp modules or interpreter chips. FlashFly’s wireless capabilities, in coordination with common Series 1 XBee modules, will allow a user with a BASIC Stamp mobile robot or stationary platform to modify his or her program remotely.
However, keep in mind that this system also works with other Micros too. Using the Base, Remote, and RS-232 Modules you have a generic, sleek, and small platform for wirelessly transmitting data. Plus with these three modules, they also double as an extra USB to RS-232 Converter and an XBee explorer regulated board too. It's an all in one great package for a terrific price!
Therefore, individuals who have mobile robots, sprinkler systems, weather stations, alarm systems, or any other remote or fixed controller board with a BASIC Stamp core will benefit from the FlashFly system because wirelessly downloading a program change is now achievable and easy.
FlashFly eliminates the tedious task of having to connect a robot or a fixed platform to a computer before any programming changes can be made. FlashFly also enriches a user’s learning experience by providing instant feedback data to the DEBUG terminal screen, which allows a user to evaluate his or her program flow and I/O data wirelessly. FlashFly can also be used in conjunction with any other microprocessor platform that needs to transmit data wirelessly.
The two main components of the FlashFly system are the Base Module and the Remote Module. These two modules are responsible for communicating back and forth. In the FlashFly system, there are three options for the Remote Module component. Each of these options will allow for wireless downloading of BASIC Stamp programs.
1. The Remote Module can be inserted into a breadboard or user-defined board for direct communication with a BASIC Stamp interpreter chip.
2. The RS-232 serial adapter board can be used in the FlashFly system to connect to a mobile or fixed platform when the user has a serial BASIC Stamp version (a board that uses a DB-9 connecter).
3. The USB Stamp adapter module can be used in the FlashFly system to connect to the Remote Module when the user has a USB-type board with BASIC Stamp. Or it can be a great breadboarding module!
The following list identifies each of the FlashFly system components, their respective product numbers, and their role in FlashFly. The last two boards are interchangeable, depending on the BASIC Stamp version a user has.
Base Transmitter Board (BWR-001) – This board connects to the computer.
Remote Receiver Board (BWR-002) – This board connects to a mobile or fixed robot.
RS-232 Adapter Board (BWR-003) – This board connects to the remote board.
USB Stamp Adapter Board (BWR-004) – This board connects to the remote board.