Getting Started with Arxterra
Table of Contents
- 1 Getting Started with Arxterra
- 1.1 Arxterra Operating Modes
- 1.2 Register for an Arxterra Account
Arxterra Operating Modes
Register for an Arxterra Account
First set up an account here on arxterra.com using the register tab under “My Account”.
Figure 3.2: Select “Register” from “My Account” tab.
The username provided on the registration page will be required by the Arxterra application and control panel. Fill in the fields shown in Figure 3.3.
Figure 3.3: Generation of username and inputting contact information.
Getting Access to Applications
To get access to the applications, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the email state:
- Phone model
- Android OS version or IOS Version
- For IOS you must provide your phone’s IMEI number
- Stating enrollment in the EE 400D course and wanting to gain access to the ArxRobot application
- Please use the Gmail address associated with the Google Play account when sending the email (If using Android)
Download the Axterra App
After accepting the Invitation you will gain access the following Google Play Store links.
Figure 3.5: Screen to access application download.
Method 1: Using Computer (must still be logged into your Gmail account)
After clicking on “Download ArxRobot from the Play Store”, it will direct to the “Apps” tab similar to what is seen below in Figure 3.6 (left image). Click “Install” on this page and the second window shown below in Figure 3.6 (right image) should appear. Choose the device the application will be downloaded to and click “Install”. Once the download is complete, a new window will show, click “OK” and the process is complete.
Figure 3.6: “Apps” window (left) to download the application to selected device (right).
Method 2: Using Android Phone
After clicking on “Download ArxRobot from the Play Store” on the phone’s browser, it will direct to that apps page on the Google play store. On the page shown in Figure 3.7, click “INSTALL”. When the App permissions window appears, shown in Figure 3.8, click “ACCEPT”. The app will then download to the phone.
Figure 3.7: ArxRobot app installation Figure 3.8: App permissions page
You will a receive a direct download link to the most current IOS version of the ArxRobot Application after email communication. Then simply connect your IOS phone to a computer with iTunes installed then move the ipa file to your device.
- Click on the download arrow near the upper right corner of the Google Drive page, and download the app file to your computer.
- Open iTunes on your computer while your device is connected.
- With iTunes versions prior to 12.7:
- Drag the app file icon into the iTunes window to add it to your apps library.
- Select your device in iTunes and click the “Sync” button.
- With iTunes version 12.7 or newer:
- Make sure your device is showing in the iTunes sidebar (under devices).
- Drag the app file icon onto it (see example image below).
Figure 3.8 Drag the App icon onto your connected device in iTunes
Connecting on ArxRobot App
When initially opening the ArxRobot application, Choose a control mode by clicking on the Arxterra icon on top of the phone screen. Choose community mode for the next section. select “Connect” as shown in Figure 3.9. Do not change any default settings on this page.
Figure 3.9: Initial page when opening the ArxRobot application.
Assign a “Robot name”. For “Pilot name or names”, it cannot match the “Robot name” and MUST be the same as the username created on www.arxterra.com. Lastly, do not modify the third field and select “Login”. An example is shown below in Figure 3.10.
Figure 3.10: Enlarged view of Robot and Pilot name assignment.
Logging into the application was successful if the page shown in Figure 3.11 is displayed.
Figure 3.11: Successful application login.
“Custom” tab gives options to create custom commands. See the custom commands tutorial in section “Custom Commands telemetry” further along in this tutorial or jump to that subject using the link bellow. Clicking “Camera Info” and toggling “Monitor” gives you camera view as shown in Figure 3.12.
Figure 3.12: Camera view in the application.
Introduction to Application and Control Panel
If all steps have been done correctly up to this point, an indicator on the map with the generated robot name should appear. Clicking on the indicator will show the robot’s status and give an option to board. In the status window, click on the person to board your robot or “Teleport aboard as pilot”. Steps are shown below in Figure 3.15.
Figure 3.15: Robot identified on map (left) and user teleporting aboard robot as a pilot (right).
Once the user boards the robot as a pilot, the video feed from the robot, along with options to monitor and control the robot should appear in the control panel as shown in Figure 3.16.
Figure 3.16: Control Panel after user boards robot as pilot.