Handy Cricket FAQ
How do you hook up an LCD to your Handy Cricket?
What is the difference between the Handy Board and Handy Cricket?
What is the relationship between the Handy Cricket and the other Cricket projects I have heard about?
Why are they called Crickets?
Where did the Handy Cricket come from?
The Handy Cricket is based on ideas and technology developed in the Cricket project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, headed by Mitchel Resnick, at the Media Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The core Cricket design was begun by Brian Silverman with Fred Martin in 1995. Since that time, Bakhtiar Mikhak and Robbie Berg have made significant contributions to the Cricket design. Rick Borovoy suggested the name Cricket and contributed to early conceptual work. The Cricket team has also benefited from the work of more than a dozen MIT undergraduate students.
Is the Handy Cricket system open-source like the Handy Board?
The Handy Cricket seems bigger than the MIT Cricket.
What are the dimensions of the Handy Cricket?
The board of the Handy Cricket measures 2-1/4 by 1-7/8 (5.7 by 4.8 cm). With the battery pack, the full dimensions are 2-1/2 by 2-1/4 (6.4 by 5.7 cm).
When will you be releasing a USB Interface Cricket?
Can you view your sensor readings on your Cricket?
Can you program the Handy Cricket with NQC?
Can the Handy Cricket and the RCX communicate with each other?
The Cricket won't beep when I type "beep" in the Command Center.
If you are unable to communicate with the Cricket, try these things.
I want to read the Cricket's sensors from the serial port of my computer.
Can I get the Cricket to automatically run its program when it is turned on?
Yes, you can do this. Firstly, load your program so that it will run when you press the Start button. (i.e., put the program you want to run in the "Run This" line.)
Why are there two jacks per motor port?
Can I power the Cricket with more than 6 volts?
What are the differences between the Handy Cricket and the MIT Crickets?
The Handy Cricket is most closely related to the MIT Blue Dot Cricket. Before explaining the differences, here's how they are the same. Both can run two motors and use two sensors. Their infrared communications are compatible. They have the same memory for user programs. Both have a pushbutton and a beeper.
How can I make the Cricket stop automatically running its program?
What are good DC motors to use with the Cricket?
Here are three motors that include geartrains so that you get good, usable output torque (rotational strength):
Can I use a DC adapter with the Cricket?
What kind of servo motors work with the Super Cricket?
Most standard 5 and 6v hobby radio servo motors work with the Super Cricket. Look for the Futaba-style connector. This is a 3-wire standard with a female header on the servo motor cable. This plugs into the 3-pin header on the Super Cricket.
What is a continuous rotation servo?
How do I install the Super Cricket libraries?
To get the Cricket software installed, you perform the following:
Issue involving when and Super Cricket sensors C thru F
The Beamer's yellow LED is continuously on.