Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Making Life Easier For Future Users

Software development this week was concentrated on the communications routines for manually controlling AMOS and for loading and controlling the remote script files that are available on the robot. Until now, there was no easy way to modify the execution of a currently running script once it  was started. For example, if I wanted to skip a few steps in a running script file, I would need to send a command to stop the script and the master program, establish a network terminal connection to the boat using PuTTY, manually edit one or more files, then re-start the master program with the modified script file. This was always a bit of a nuisance, and not something that I would expect future users to put up with.

To that end, a simple dialog interface was built for viewing the status of a currently running script, skipping forwards or backwards through it, viewing other scripts available on AMOS or locally, uploading new scripts, etc.

Here is a short video that shows the new interface:

The screen recorder software that I used had an interesting sound effect for each mouse click. I think I'll disable that feature for future screen videos!

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