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Under Development: Dexter Industries XBee sensor

Dexter Industries hasn’t been sitting still in the past few weeks; they’ve been busy developing a very cool new sensor. It’s an NXT sensor that leverages the XBee as a means of communication. No longer will you be limited to slow, one-way Bluetooth connections between just your master and 3 slaves.  With XBee you have can have up to 16 channels simultaneously and an indoor range of 30 meters, which goes up to an amazing 90 meters outside with Line of Sight. You can do point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, & peer-to-peer at about 115Kbps.

Don’t worry about certification, it’s been approved by the FCC, IC, ETSI (EU) and Ctick (Australia).

They made a short video to demonstrate its use; a remote US flag waving device.  I will be sure to make one that waves the Dutch flag.

I can’t wait to get my hands on these.  A pair of them was shipped to me yesterday, hopefully they will arrive shortly so I can start testing and playing.

About Xander

Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.