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Released: Dexter Industries WiFi Sensor

Wifi-From-Dexter-IndustriesWith a gestation period of a baby elephant but with the grace of a cheetah, Dexter Industries are proud to present their latest offering: the WiFi Sensor.

You may remember me building a web server a while back that allowed you to fiddle with a motor over the Internet, now you can have one of your own!

The DWiFi sensor is different from regular NXT sensors in that it leverages the uber-speedy RS485 port (S4) on your brick, allowing it to go at a mind-numbingly 900Kbit/s.  Considering the normal I2C speed is about 10Kbit/s, that’s quite an improvement.

The drivers and any and all documentation for it can be downloaded right here: [LINK].  Over the coming week, DI will release the source code for programs that will allow you to:

  • Communicate directly with your computer (or any other computer) via TCP protocol.
  • Enable the power saving features, pinging and DNS lookups
  • Setup a webserver and log into our NXT to get the local temperature.
  • Make your NXT send a tweet.

More details on the days this will happen can be found in the original press release right here: [LINK].  Go check it out!

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.