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MATLAB Support Package for Finch Robot

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MATLAB Support Package for Finch Robot

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20 Jan 2012 (Updated )

MATLAB connectivity code to a Finch Robot

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Connect to the Finch Robot using MATLAB. The Finch is a simple robot designed for teaching programming to undergraduates and pre-university students. Several people told me about this hardware so I thought I would try it. I used my daughter age 12 as my tester and found the platform engaging for her to learn programming.
After downloading and unzipping please run Finch.setup. This utility function will download the connectivity code to the hardware from www.finchrobot.com. I have tested it only on Microsoft® WINDOWS® but put some code in there to work on the Mac. If you try this on the Mac please provide feedback.

Required Products MATLAB
Simulink
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.13 (R2011b)
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10 Oct 2012 Michele

Anyone get this working? I downloaded the java software with Finch.setup.

Matlab just hangs when I create the object.

With any other hardware that I want to connect on the Mac, I need to set the serial port. Is there a way to set the serial port with the Mac?

Updates
23 Jan 2012

Updated description

24 Oct 2014

Updated to enable toolbox installation for 14b

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