At my college I was recently assigned a task in one of my class to use a Dobot Magician to grab candy and then move it somewhere else. The steps system will go through are:
1. Push a button, that will activate a piston or something to push the candy out of a container. 2. The dobot will grab the candy, and then move it to a bowl on the opposite side 3. A LED strip around the bowl will turn green and then a sensor is placed there also so the system knows candy is there so you can't spam the button to get more candy. (There will be a small LCD screen also that will state what process the system is doing and will tell the user they need to grab the candy first before trying to press the button for more).
Basically all the Dobot is doing is picking up and moving candy (This is a video of me using it connected to my laptop using the Dobot's program). It'll travel probably a foot or two (unlike in the video which is a few inches)
I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect the Dobot to an Arduino. I saw a video on youtube with someone using what they said are "male to female jumpers" to connect to the communication interface on the back of the Dobot. I'm not sure what ports the cables were connected to. My dobot has a bluetooth and wifi adapter that I can use. I was thinking that maybe I get an external module that will allow an Arduino to connect to the Dobot's bluetooth/wifi network and then send it commands like that. I know that Dobot also sells an Arduino kit but I was wondering if there are other options I could do.
Just wondering if anyone has done something like this before and what advice they could give.