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Navigation Board M3 (Read 3651 times)
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Navigation Board M3
05/28/11 at 8:31pm
 
Good Day,
 
I recently ordered the navigation board. The more recent version is a bit different. It has a USB port for connecting directly to the computer, and can run in stand alone mode through the USB. It also has the addition of a 3-axis gyroscope.
 
Is the current firmware for the SVS able to use all the features of this new board?  
 
Is there a way to talk to the board to the board through the USB? I have a USB to I2C converter. Not sure if I would be able to get all the information about it out from there though.
 
Navigation board information can be found here:
 
http://www.ryanmechatronics.com/NavBoardM3.htm
 
There is also some nice software that will allow you to run the board off your PC. It really is a very good sensor package!!
 
 
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Reply #1 - 05/29/11 at 11:39am
 
I have received no information from the developer of the Nav board regarding the newer board so only by testing will you know if the current SRV firmware will operate the NAV board (this needs to be done by the user as testing NAV boards is not on our to-do list for SRV at present). On board specific support (i.e. USB interface) you will need to get these directly from the developer (the SRV does not support USB communications).
 
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Reply #2 - 06/03/11 at 6:29pm
 
What is best way to hook up this up to SVS board? I2C?  
 
How does the firmware engage this board, and what information can I get back?
 
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Reply #3 - 06/03/11 at 8:59pm
 
You'll need to contact the Nav board developer for install instructions. As I mentioned previously I have no experience with the Nav board.
 
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Reply #4 - 06/04/11 at 6:49pm
 
Does the firmware provided speak to the navboard at least?
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Reply #5 - 06/06/11 at 4:28pm
 
It spoke to the old Nav Board. I have not received nor tested the new Nav Board so I can only give confirmation to the old Nav Board.
 
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Reply #6 - 06/06/11 at 6:19pm
 
Ok, thanks for that. Is there any documentation on how it spoke to the old one, and what information it grabbed? I suspect there are no changes. I ordered the nav board from surveyor corp. so I assume it should work.
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Reply #7 - 06/06/11 at 8:18pm
 
Any documentation I would have would be what I can find on the forum or with general internet searches so I will leave this to you. We can always hope the new NAV board works with the latest firmware, but if the developer of the NAV board has not been testing with current firmware there is no guarantee here.
 
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Reply #8 - 06/06/11 at 11:10pm
 
So is the company no longer updating the firmware for supporting this board?? Surveyor corp is selling it, so I am just confused as to what is going on with it.
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Reply #9 - 06/15/11 at 5:58am
 
As per my original posts on this topic, the NAV board is developed by a third party and they are responsible for support of the NAV board. I verified with Surveyor that the newest version of the NAV board is compatible with the latest SRV firmware. If you need NAV board support go to the NAV board site:
 
http://www.ryanmechatronics.com/NavBoardM3.htm
 
 
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Reply #10 - 06/16/11 at 12:23pm
 
Okay, thanks for that. Things are a little more clear now.
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Reply #11 - 09/23/11 at 7:23pm
 
Hi,
 
Haven't checked in with the site in awhile, and saw this thread.  Unfortunately, we don't really use an SRV-1 and aren't totally familiar with the code.  However, we did provide files that could be used on the SRV to read the gyro components on the new Nav Board.  
 
The files and a description can be found here:
 
http://code.google.com/p/surveyor-srv1-firmware/issues/detail?id=4
 
In order to use the Nav Board with the SRV, you have to blank program the ARM on board to take it out of stand alone mode (OR, keep the RESET to GROUND jumped, which will probably keep the ARM out of the Blackfin's way).  Instructions for programming the NAV board to do this are in the user manual on our site.
 
Thanks, and if you have any Nav Board specific questions, please email us at:
 
support@ryanmechatronics.com
 
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