Hello!

In the previous post, I had figured out how to control the robot by sending commands through MATLAB.

The next step? Controlling the robot with a simulated neural network: I looked for MATLAB scripts with only a few neurons, and actually found a really nice one. Bonus: it’s customizable :).

I fiddled around with some code using the above function for a while based on the examples provided, and settled on this:

W = log(abs(randn(4))); [spk NetParams V] = SimLIFNet(W,'simTime',35,'tstep',1e-2,... 'offsetCurrents',1.1*ones(length(W),1)); v = round(V, 3)

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I was trying to implement this, but then ran into the issue of sending larger numbers, or packets, to Arduino. I knew it was possible via XBee, but I wasn’t sure how to do it.

My initial idea was the set ‘start’ and ‘stop’ characters that I could use to surround digits to identify them as a single number. A very-long-story-short, it took me more than a couple hours to figure out, but this is what I came up with: