Firmware Upgrade

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This page details the program for upgrading the Fluke and Scribbler and Scribbler2 robots to use the latest Myro firmware, over Bluetooth. The program starts up a graphical user interface by default (if available), but it can also be used as a command line program (see below for options).

This program requires that you have a version of regular Python installed on your system (Calico Python won't work) ([video: installing Python on Windows Machine]). You also need to have pySerial installed ([video: installing pyserial on windows machine]).

  1. Download and save to a known location.
  2. Double-click on the file (or use the Command Line Option, below) [video: installing and using the Firmware upgrade tool under windows]

If you have a Fluke purchased before September 2011, you will need to upgrade the Fluke first:

  1. Select the Fluke option
  2. On Windows, enter the com port (eg, COM8); on Mac/Linux enter the device path (eg, /dev/tty.scribbler or /dev/rfcomm0)
  3. Click on the Upgrade button

After upgrading the Fluke, you can then upgrade the Scribbler.

  1. Select the Scribbler option
  2. On Windows, enter the com port (eg, COM8); on Mac/Linux enter the device path (eg, /dev/tty.scribbler or /dev/rfcomm0)
  3. Click on the Upgrade button

Graphical User Interface

Stand alone upgrade tool

To use the upgrader, indicate what you want to upgrade (Fluke or Scribbler) by selecting the appropriate radio button. (Default: Scribbler).

Then, type in the name of your bluetooth serial port, such as "COM4" or "/dev/tty.scribbler" (without quotes).

Make sure you are connected to the Internet so that the tool can download the latest firmware.

Finally, press the "Upgrade" button.

Command Line Options

After downloading, to use the command line options of the program:

  1. Open a console/terminal window.
  2. cd to the known location
  3. Enter at the console prompt:
    • python
Fluke and Scribbler/Scribbler2 Upgrade Program
   python --gui=VALUE --url=URL --port=PORT WHAT

     VALUE - is True OR False
     URL - is an internat address to use
     PORT - is the serial port address to use
     WHAT - is scribbler OR fluke

Options with examples:
  --gui=False                      (optional)
  --port=COM8                      (optional)
  --url= (optional)

Full Examples:

   python fluke
   python scribbler
   python --gui=False
   python --port=COM5 fluke
   python --port=/dev/rfcomm3 scribbler
   python --url= fluke
   python --help


It is a good idea to turn the Fluke and Scribbler off and then back on after each upgrade.

When the Scribbler is upgraded, it will play 5 notes quickly when you first turn it on or reboot it.