Connecting Sawyer to Intera Studio

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This tutorial shows how to connect Sawyer to Intera Studio on your computer.


Definitions

  • Intera Studio - The Tool or Screen used to access Sawyer when not at the robot.
  • Head Screen - The Screen on Sawyer used to see the user interface.
  • Head Screen Menu - The circular menu that appears when the Rethink button is pressed.
  • Info Menu Option - One of the choices in the Head Screen Menu.
  • About Pane - A window that displays information about Intera, the robot, controller and networking.
  • Navigator - A set of buttons and a knob on the arm and on the back of the robot.
  • Scroll Knob - A knob on the Navigator that scrolls by turning and selects by pressing the knob.
  • Rethink Button - A button on the Navigator with the Rethink Robotics logo.
  • Task - A sequence of nodes that represent Sawyer's behavior.
  • Behavior Editor - A representation of the Task in two dimensions. It looks a bit like a tree.
  • Tree - A representation of the Task.
  • 3-D View - A simulation of the robot in it's environment. It is interactive.
  • Node - A single block that represents one of Sawyer's behaviors.

How to Connect Sawyer to Intera Studio

1. Plug one end of a straight-through CAT5 networking cable into one of the RJ-45 ports inside or outside Sawyer's controller.

Cable_Outside


2. Plug the other end of the CAT5 cable into your computer.

Cable_PC


3. Press the Rethink Button on one of Sawyer's Navigators to display the Head Screen Menu.

Rethink_Button


4. Using the Navigator Scroll Knob, select the Info menu option. Note Sawyer's IP address in the About pane.

Head_Screen_Menu Robot_IP_Address


5. Turn off your computer's Wifi.

6. Open Google Chrome and enter Sawyer's IP address in the Browser address window, followed by colon (:), followed by the port number: 3000 and press the Enter key.

IP_Colon_Port


7. Intera Studio appears in a split screen view with the Behavior Editor on the left and the 3-D View on the right.

Intera_Studio


8. Click the Tree button in the Top Bar to display just the Tree.

Tree


9. To start a new Tree, select the Intera Studio menu and select New, then Basic Task.

Intera_Studio_Menu Select_New Basic_Task


10. To connect to the robot, select OK in Intera Studio and Grant in the Head Screen on Sawyer.

Request_Control_OK Request_Control_Grant


11. Sawyer is now connected to Intera Studio and ready to start a new Task.


Best Practices

  • A network switch is not required when Sawyer is connected directly to your computer.
  • Use a straight-through cable to connect Sawyer to your computer.
  • Use Google Chrome to access Intera Studio, not Internet Explorer.

Troubleshooting

  • If your computer is not connecting to Intera Studio, check that:
  • A straight-through cable, not a cross-over cable, is used.
  • You are using the Chrome browser, not Internet Explorer.
  • Clear the History in Chrome, close the browser and try again.