ECE497 Project RoverGUI

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Team member: Chris Good

Executive Summary

This project is to create a GUI that could be used to control the rover project found here:ECE497_Project_Rover The GUI will have two stages. The more simple one can control simple movement such as forward, backwards, turning, etc. The other will be GUI based on the Google Maps API so that users can click waypoints for the rover to travel.

Currently a computer networked with the BeagleBone can from a browser go to the bone and select the maps option. Selecting this option will bring up a Google Maps page that has very basic functionality. Currently clicking to select waypoints does nothing.

Installation Instructions

The GUI can be downloaded from here. (github link soon) Once downloaded move to the top level directory and run:

beagle$ node GUI.js

Then, from any networked browser point to:


where beagle is the IP of the BeagleBone

User Instructions

More detailed instructions on use to come.


The user will be able to go to the location they would like the rover to travel and click on positions. The rover will then travel to these locations in order.

More to come.

Theory of Operation

The server on the BeagleBone is running using with node.js. The GUI will then use either basic buttons or the Google Maps API to send instructions to the rover. The instructions are then saved to a file that can be read by the BeagleBone.

Work Breakdown

All work is done by Chris Good Future work: Implement basic control Implement files to save instructions to Parse clicks from Google Maps API

Future Work

Since the instructions will be saved in a very simple text format file, any number of devices that could make use of simple controls or waypoint data would be potentially able to use this data. Furthermore, it could be modified to send the instructions in another method in order to comply to a device that already exists.


This project will give a more natural feeling to controlling the rover project.

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