Searching for missing link between Dimension Engineering 2x60 Sabertooth controller and MRDS RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a Dimension Engineering 2x60 Sabertooth controller. Would someone please point me in the right direction for getting the device to link this motor controller to my Windows 7 laptop. I've been told to get a USB to TTL Serial converter, but I'm not sure about which one and if and how it will work with MSRS.

    Many Thanks

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012 11:36 PM


All replies

  • I think this is the component yo unede at least to connect this controller to your PC - http://www.dimensionengineering.com/appnotes/Roborealm/Roborealm.htm 

    However even with Microsoft robotics will not talk to the controller over serial. For that you would need to create a new service that will talk to the controller board.

    This service *might* get your started at least - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee309885.aspx

    - John

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:14 PM
  • Hi John

    Thanks for the quick reply. As a real beginner it all looks daunting to say the least... certainly way out of my confort zone. Could you recommend another controller driver combo that could drive my four Sears/Craftsman drill motors. The driver part needs to handle more than 25 amps. I inserted a pic below

    Thursday, July 26, 2012 7:17 PM
  • Hello

    While I cannot make product recommendations you might also want to check out products from http://www.phidgets.com and in particular these services for Microsoft Robotics - http://mrdsphidgets.codeplex.com/

    I do not know if these services have been converted to RDS 4 but may at least act as a starting point for your robotic adventures


    Friday, July 27, 2012 4:03 PM
  • Hi John


    Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at the motor controllers/drivers on the Phidget website. Looked pretty good except these controller/drivers appear to want 6 to 15 vdc. My bot uses Craftsman 19.2 volt batteries. Sure I could convert down, but hopefully there are others out there that can handle 20 vdc.

    I did come across the IRobot Create command Module/controller. It likes 5vdc which my Sabertooth driver can provide. Not sure if it is the answer. If anyone has any thoughts, please feel free to point me in the right direction.



    Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:13 AM