This is a short description on how to install EyeBot, hardware version M5. The EyeBot system itself is already completely assembled, so you are able to start right away. Yellow dots in the drawing indicate pin no.1 of the corresponding connectors.

Details for other hardware versions:


For Pinouts see Hardware section.

To work with EyeBot, the EyeCam CMOS digital color camera (80x60 in 24bit resolution) is being used. The camera plugs directly into the controller board (make sure you connect pin no.1 where indicated, the camera board should face down).

The LCDisplay is already connected to the EyeBot. At the same time it can display text (8x16 characters) and graphics (64x128 pixels). On the back of the LCD is a potentiometer to adjust display contrast.

Power Supply
There is a connector for power supply with pins labelled "+" and "-". Connect a power supply between 6 and 9 Volts (e.g. 7.2 V for rechargeable batteries with 6 cells).
The board is equipped with a reconstitutable fuse. However, supplying a high voltage or reversing the voltage may damage the board.

Serial Connector
A standard 9-pin RS-232 extension cable can be used to connect EyeBot' serial-1 port to a PC, Mac or workstation. Now you can download software to the EyeBot or upload experimental data from the EyeBot. Another option is using a wireless module with the serial-2 port.

DC Motor and Encoder Connectors
There are 2 connectors for DC motors and encoders. Two motor drivers are integrated in EyeBot. The connectors are pin-compatible for motors from:

Servo Connectors
There are 14 connectors in which you can directly plug servos (motors controlled by PWM, like in model airplanes). Most standard servo connectors are pin compatible (see servo info): Please note: Infrared Connector
There are 6 connectors for infra-red sensors. All control logic is included in the EyeBot. The connectors are pin compatible for infrared sensors from: Speaker Connector
There are two connectors on the front side of the EyeBot for either a piezo speaker (built-in) or an external standard 8 Ohm speaker. Using an external speaker improves the sound quality significantly. Speaker volume can be adjusted by an potentiometer located next to the speaker connector.

A minature microphone is built-in on the front side of the EyeBot.

Extension Connectors
There are 2 separate connectors for adding additional I/O.

Background Debugger
The Motorola 68332 allows debugging from a PC under DOS or Linux via the background debugger. The background debugger circuit is integrated in EyeBot. A 10 pin connector is used to link the "BDM" to the parallel port of a PC. The BDM allows to change the flash-ROM on the EyeBot, e.g. for upgrading the RoBIOS operating system.

Thomas Bräunl, 2005