View Full Version : Control the Basic Stamp via Serial? (newb question)

07-27-2005, 09:22 AM
First off, great site, lots of info and cool projects.
I've got a Board of Education with the Basic Stamp II on it and I have some hobby servos I picked up at a hobby store and I can write programs and what not that will move them to do different things, but what I would really like to do is make a pan and tilt system for my webcam that can be controled throuhg the serial port on the computer and BOE.

From what I've read if I decide to make this a permanent setup I should probably get the actual servo controller instead of using the BOE as the servo controller.


(sorry for grammer and spelling, my laptop just lost battery power and I had to use a PDA...

07-27-2005, 09:50 AM
short of writing a program in c++ or java to handle the serial IO, you can control the BS2 through the debug window using some various commands (serin, serout, debug, etc.) read up on these in the help to get a better understanding of them. Hope this helps.

07-27-2005, 11:15 AM
My plan actually is to have a java applet on a webpage to control the device from a webbrowser, but I'll check out the debug terminal.

Thanks for the info

Jon Williams
07-27-2005, 08:23 PM
You can certainly control the BASIC Stamp serially -- it's quite easy to use SERIN (even on the programming port) to accept commands from an external master and process them, running routines on the BASIC Stamp that may do something with outputs or even grab input data (perhaps from an ADC) and send it back to the master.

Jon Williams
Applications Engineer, Parallax