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Wiring Mini Maxwell

Description: This tutorial shows how to wire and program the servos.

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

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Install Arbotix Stack

To run the software, you need to install the arbotix stack. Follow the instructions on the stack page to install.

Uploading the ROS Sketch

If using an original ArbotiX, you will need to install the ROS sketch on the ArbotiX using the Arduino IDE. Follow the instructions on the ArbotiX Getting Started page to install the IDE.

The latest sketch code can be found in the arbotix_firmware package. Please make note that it requires the latest versions of several libraries.

Programming the Servos

Each servo ships with an ID of 1, so we need to program the servos with new IDs before use. The easiest way to do this is to connect the ArbotiX to the PC using the USB cable, and then attach one servo at a time setting the ID using Arbotix terminal program.

To start the terminal, enter the appropriate serial port:

rosrun arbotix_python terminal.py /dev/ttyUSB0

The terminal works like a typical Linux terminal. Typing ls will query the ArbotiX for the attached servos and print the number of each. If you attach a single servo, you should get just "1" when you type ls. You can then move this servo to a new ID using the mv old_id new_id command. Let's move our servo #1 to ID 2:

  mv 1 2

Do the same until you have number your servos as follows:

Arm Servos (from base to gripper)
 ID 1 = Shoulder pan
 ID 2 = Shoulder lift
 ID 3 = Elbow
 ID 4 = Wrist
 ID 5 = Gripper

Head Servos
 ID 6 = Pan
 ID 7 = Tilt

Remember, each servo must be plugged in one at a time -- if you have two servos with the same ID plugged in at the same time you will be unable to communicate with either!

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