UWP Controlled Wireless Netduino Car

Build a wireless Netduino car with UWP control.Netduino is an impressive hardware platform that runs applications built with.NET MicroFramework, which is quite easy for C# and.NET enthusiasts to build IoT things.

UWP Controlled Wireless Netduino Car

In this project, a UWP controlled wireless Netduino car is designed based on Netduino 3 WiFi. First of all, Netduino is controlled by a UWP application that running on phone, PC, or IoT device through WiFi WLAN. As soon as signals are received by the Netduino 3, they will be processed and forward to the driver board. Thirdly, the four wheels of the car are controlled by the driver board, which support forward, back, left, right, follow line and manual operations. So, this project consists of two designs: an UWP application that running on phone, PC or IoT device, and the Netduino WiFi based car. The system architecture is shown in Figure 1 as follows.

The demo video is uploaded to YouTube as follows.

Project Instructions

Step 1: Connect the Netduino 3 WiFi to the Car

Time: 30 minutes

Parts: Netduino 3 WiFi, USB cable, Car

In this project, we use the Arduino Car that produced by a Chinese company, which is available on taobao. After assembling the driver board, the four wheels and motors, we should pay attention to the connection between Netduino 3 WiFi and the Arduino Car. In this project, serial port communication is used between Netduino 3 WiFi and the Arduino Car. And we should connect the Rx0(Pin 0) of Netduino 3 WiFi to the Tx of Arduino Car, while Tx0(Pin 1) of Netduino 3 WiFi to the Rx of Arduino Car. Furthermore, we can use USB to Microso USB cable to connect the 5V power to the Netduino 3 WiFi. It is presented as follows in Figure 2.

Connection between Netduino and Arduino Car

Step 2: Upload Arduino Code to the Car

Time: 10 minutes

Parts: Arduino Car, PC, Arduino IDE

Power the Arduino, get the board connected to the PC, open Arduino IDE on PC. Open the ArduinoCar.ino (you can find it here: https://github.com/shijiong/UWP-Controlled-Wireless-Netduino-Car ). Choose Arduino/Genuino Uno and the right COM port, Click upload button to program the Arduino board.

Time: 30 minutes

Parts: Netduino 3 WiFi, PC, Visual Studio 2015, NETMF SDK

In this section, we will install Visual Studio 2015 (Community edition is enough), NETMF SDK, and Netduino SDK. Please refer to this official docs here: http://developer.wildernesslabs.co/Netduino/Getting_Started/

Step 4: Configure and Update Firmware for Netduino 3 WiFi

Time: 10 minutes

Parts: Netduino 3 WiFi, PC, Visual Studio 2015, MF Deploy

In this section, we shall update the firmware of Netduino 3 WiFi to the latest, as well as config the network for the on-board CC3100 Chipset.

For the first part, we can refer to this doc: http://developer.wildernesslabs.co/Netduino/About/Updating_Firmware/

For the second part, we can refer to this doc: http://developer.wildernesslabs.co/Netduino/Input_Output/Network/

For my project, I config it as follows. I use WPAPSK encryption, and the password is located in Pass phrase, the SSID is also set properly.

Config for Netduino WiFi Network

Step 5: Debug Netduino Car Server on Netduino 3 WiFi

Time: 10 minutes

Parts: Netduino 3 WiFi, PC, Visual Studio 2015

As soon as we set the network, the Netduino 3 WiFi board should be unplug and replug to the PC. Then, we can use visual studio 2015 to open the project Netduino Car Server (you can find it here: https://github.com/shijiong/UWP-Controlled-Wireless-Netduino-Car/tree/master/NetduinoCarServer). Click on the Properties item in the Solution Explorer, select.NET Micro Framework on the left, and the under Deployment choose USB, and in the Device drop down, choose your Netduino device as shown in figure 4.

Debug Settings

After downloading the program, you will find the IP address that Netduino 3 WiFi gets via DHCP service, which will be shown in Output Window as follows.

IP address of the device

Step 6: Debug Netduino Car Client UWP App on Windows 10 Device

Time: 10 minutes

Parts: Netduino 3 WiFi, PC or IoT device, Visual Studio 2015 or Visual Studio 2017

In this section, we will debug Netduino Car Client UWP application on Windows 10 device, including PC, Mobile or Windows 10 IoT Core device(Raspberry Pi, Dragon Board, Minnow Board MAX). The sample project is build under Windows 10 Build 10240. So, if you want to switch the target to different Build, you can change this setting in project properties page as follows.

Project Setting

If you want to deploy this app to the local PC, choose local machine, and click debug button as follows.

Deploy to local machine

Alternatively, we can deploy the UWP App to Windows 10 IoT Core devices.

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