Using the fischertechnik system it’s simple for both the novice and the pro alike to construct actual functioning machines and robotic models. And the otherwise complicated and technical task of putting these creations into motion becomes instead a fascinating and creative game with the addition of fischertechnik’s own RoboPro software and a common PC.
Controlling your robotic creations is easy with ROBO PRO. To get started, you need a standard PC using the Windows OS (Windows 95 or later), the easy to use fischertechnik ROBO PRO graphic software, the fischertechnik ROBO Interface or ROBO TX Controller (which converts the computer commands into control signals for your robot’s motors), and of course your robot or mechanized model constructed from one of fischertechnik’s line of Robotics & Computing building sets.
With these tools, and in a relatively short time, users get to experience the excitement of building a robot that follows their commands. They also get to learn about and understand the mechanics of performing functions such as rotating, moving and grasping.
Using a Mac and not a PC? While ROBO PRO is designed for Windows based machines, that doesn't mean that Apple Macintosh users can't take full advantage of this powerful and easy-to-use graphic programming software. As long as your Mac is using the current OSX, you can install and run ROBO PRO using a built-in Mac utility called Boot Camp in combination with either VMware or Parallels software. Learn more by clicking below:
The brain of all computing building sets, which are operated with fischertechnik, is the new RoboPro software. In addition to the demo-version, we offer no-cost downloads for updates and programs for everything needed for RoboPro and also through the preceding model, LLWin. In addition, here you can also find documentation for fischertechnik and various drivers including for older operating systems such as DOS or programming languages such as Pascal.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Robotics and Programming
Here is a list of answers to some of the most common robotics and computing related questions.
ROBO Pro computing software does not work properly. What can I do?
Please download the latest software version (Update) under the heading "Downloads".
Error message "An unexpected situation has occurred" appears when using ROBO Pro computing software. What can I do?
A software error/programming error is present: Please send the program which caused the error message with a short description to fischtechnik via email: email@example.com
Error message "USB interface not found" appears when using ROBO Pro computing software. What can I do ?
Possibly no power supply: Check the display on the ROBO TX controller or LED on the ROBO interface. Possibly TX controller or interface not connected to computer: Visual check. Possibly USB driver not installed.
Does the ROBO Pro software offer a random function?
Various subroutines for generating random numbers are located in the subroutine library "Random".
Can I program fischertechnik with Java? I have a TX Controller?
Yes, the free software package required for this is available under "Downloads".
Where I can get a manual for C programming for a ROBO Interface or TX Controller?
fischertechnik.de - Rubric Computing - Downloads.
Does the ROBO Pro software also work with Windows Vista?
The ROBO Pro software runs under Windows XP, Vista and 7.
Does the ROBO Pro software also work with the Apple Mac?
The Robopro software also runs on the Mac. The following possibilities are available here:
I cannot install the USB driver. I always get an error message.
The USB driver can only be installed by a user with administrator rights for the PC.
How can I address a number of ROBO interfaces and ROBO TX controllers with ROBO Pro?
Applicable information is given in the ROBO Pro help in Chapter 7 "Controlling several interfaces".
What is the maximum voltage I can use to operate the ROBO TX controller without damaging it?
9V. We recommend using the fischertechnik Accu Set or Power Set.
Can the sound module be connected to the ROBO TX controller?
Yes, the ROBO TX controller and sound module can be connected to the same power source (important). Connect sound input A - B - C with an output (O1-O8) on the ROBO TX controller.
How high is the conversion rate for the analog channels?
An internal clock pulse of 10 ms is used in the entire Robo system. This means that the program receives a new analog value every 10 ms.
How can I determine whether the Robo interface has recognized the connected I/O extension?
When the I/O extension is connected, only the green "Ext" LED flashes.
How many extension modules can be connected to the ROBO interface?
The ROBO Interface can control a maximum of 3 I/O extension modules.
ROBO Pro Corner - by Ulrich Muller (ftComputing)