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July 1, 2013 AT 1:00 am

16 Servos Controlled With the IOIO Over Bluetooth in the Adafruit Forums

Check out this project from Kevin in the Adafruit Forums on the topic of “16 channel Servo board with IOIO”:

I need some help to create the java code for running the Adafruit 16 channel servo breakout board with the IOIO. I am creating a “player guitar” of sorts and have a working prototype using a Parallax BS2 microcontroller and an Linxmotion SSC32 servo controller.

I would like to use the IOIO because it provides much more flexibility with inputs from an Android device… and the adafruit servo board seems like a good compact size candidate for being controlled from the IOIO… however, while I am learning enough to be ‘dangerous” about java and have played with the arduino some, I am not sure how to adapt the Arduino driver you have on this site to work with Java.

And from the description he shared after creating a version of his system:

Using the IOIO board and the Adafruit 16 channel PWM controller, I was able to control up to 16 servos over bluetooth from my laptop. The code will also work with some minor changes from and Android device. Take a look at the code and the video.

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