Re: [mowbot] Ideas for Brains wanted

Byron A Jeff (byron nospam at
Fri, 11 Oct 1996 16:53:57 -0400 (EDT)

> I would like to start working on the brains of my RoboBunny, but I
> have a slight handicap - I have a Macintosh, not a PC. (No, I am not
> going to buy a PC.) What sorts of easy-to-work-with microcontrollers
> are out there that either run their interface on a Macintosh, or can
> work through a terminal emulator?
> I have looked at things like the Basic Stamps in catalogs, but they
> all seem to need a PC.

Unfortunately that is the case.

> Any suggestions for a Mac-friendly controller?

I'm working on a high level interpreter that I'm currently testing with
PICs. My goal is to make it platform independant by having a serial
programmer. However I don't have a Mac. The language is a mixture of
C, modula, Basic, with a flavor all its own.

I would love to find a Mac person to work with on this. Is there a freely
available compiler for the Mac?

All the code will be released under the GNU license. So folks will be
able to extend both the language and the interpreter. Also by writing
interpreters for other microcontrollers (8051 series, 68000 family)
the same code can run on different platforms.

High level, multiplatform for both development and target, extensible,
and freely available source code. Think it might fly?