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1 Teacher/Mentor Institute Using the Cortex Carolyn Bauer July 21-22, 2014

2 Charge the Batteries  Before you begin any work, charge the following:  Both 7.2 V batteries  All 6 AAA batteries Page 2

3 Introduction to easyC ® & Cortex™ Introduction to easyC ® & Cortex™ Page 3 Adapted from and

4 Cortex™ Microcontroller Page 4

5 Joystick Page 5

6 VEXNet™ USB A-A Tether Cable and USB Keys Page 6

7 Setup for Download of Firmware to Cortex/Joystick Page 7 AAA batteries in joystick AAA batteries in joystick Connect programming cable Connect programming cable Power on Power on Open easyC Open easyC Use same connection with Cortex microcontroller Use same connection with Cortex microcontroller

8 Install easyC  Install easyC v4 for Cortex (Trial version) on your computer  Download from Page 8

9 easyC ® V4 Programming Software  Download from the website.  Run as Administrator to install. Page 9

10 Unlocking easyC ®  Right-click easyC, Run as Administrator  Type in your CD Key and click Unlock. Page 10

11 Updating easyC ® Page 11 Go to Help…Check For Updates. If you don’t have the latest version, you can download updates.

12 Updating Firmware on Controller and Joystick  Start…All Programs…easyC v4 For Cortex…IFI VEXNet Firmware Utility Page 12 We have done this already in 2014

13 Updating Controller and Joystick  Select SEARCH. If the response is Upgrade required then BOOTLOAD and YES. Page 13

14 Updating Controller and Joystick  Click DOWNLOAD.  Afterward you should see: Page 14

15 Updating Controller and Joystick  Now repeat the entire SEARCH…BootLoad… DOWNLOAD process with the Cortex Microcontroller. Page 15

16 Tethering Controller and Joystick After updating the firmware on both the joystick and Cortex microcontroller:  Connect the two devices with the tethering cable and turn them both on.  Wait until both VEXNet LEDs turn solid green. This lets the devices learn each other’s addresses, so that they can talk together wirelessly. Page 16 Do this in 2014

17 BEST Control System BEST Control System  From BEST Robotics, Inc. online Resources  Includes photos of all items in Returnable Kit  Hookups, labels, system features of Cortex  Motor connections & motors, servos  Digital, analog connections  BEST default firmware (default program)  Programming options  Testing tips; team tips; joystick calibration  Where to find help Page 17


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