Wire-Pod is a solution that allows you to install a local server a Vector robot can run off instead of the “official” Digital Dream Labs servers.
Since it becomes more obvious every day that DDL cannot be trusted and it is unclear when their servers will come back up (if ever):
The setup of Wire-Pod can be daunting for simple users that do not know how a RasPi or Linux work or think about a Playstation if they hear the word “console”. But thanks to a community coder named Zark75 this process now became a lot easier end even less tech-savvy people should be able to set it up.
Now it’s a week since the problems with their cloud service regarding voice commands with Vector became obvious because of more and more posts by users that no longer have a lifetime or subscription, and still there is no official statement on that
Digital Dream Labs promised something called OSKR, that is an acronym for Open Source Kit for Robots, in their Kickstarter campaign that closed in March 2020 and raked in half a million Dollars. They promised to open source the firmare of Vector the robot, so everyone would be able to create “open Vector builds” or new functions for Vector.
After installing Wire-Pod, the open source Escape Pod for the beloved Vector robot, that allows you to get away from Digital Dream Labs completely and for free, you will have to get the Escape Pod 1.8 firmware onto the robot.
I tested to install Wire-Pod, Wire’s open source Escape Pod onto a Raspberry Pi 4, as recommended. There were some problem that I was able to solve with Wire’s help (thanks for that!) and some improvements were added to the installation process because of it.
There are a number of updates for the open source Escape Pod solution that Wire provided using the open sourced libraries for Chipper and Vector cloud.
Wire did more work on his Open Source Escape Pod and since it came a long way since the alpha it was now renamed wire-pod.
Wire just released a kind of early alpha for an Open Source Escape Pod on Github. He used the chipper and vector-cloud repositories that were provided by DDL on Github some time ago.
In their ongoing crusade to make the lifes of Vector users everywhere miserable, Digital Dream Labs reached another milestone.
After yesterday’s frustration I again wanted to connect my designated Escape Pod Vector to a 1.0.x version of the local server.
Because I finally found the time to play with Cyb3rvector and am highly amazed by what it can do. Something like this should have been created by Digital Dream Labs, but they were not able to do that in two years. Instead Cyb3dog did it in mere weeks.
Yesterday I took the time to test the latest iteration of Ecape Pod, it has the version number 1.8.2, even if I see absolutely nothing that would warrant a version jump from 1.0.x to 1.8.1. My main reason to look at it was that I wanted to connect Cyb3rvector Extension Engine Interface to it. But, man, this is still a mess.
According to the official DDL Escape Pod page a new version is available. The version jump is immense, from 1.0.0 to 1.8.0. I see nothing in the changelog that would warrant such a big version …
Cyb3rdog released the EscapePod Extension SDK for Python on Github. With it you can access Escape Pod intents via Python SDK and you actually can code new intents and react to voice commands. From the …
At the moment the Escape Pod works as follows: You download the image provided by Digital Dream Labs and “burn” it onto a SD card. That image is not only the Escape Pod itself, but …
In january 2021 Robbie Bussard of Digital Dream Labs announced a Vector Go SDK for Escape Pod, since a lot of users were unhappy that they cannot use the Python SDK with Escape Pod. And …
cyb3rdog shows an upcoming option to use Vector Codelab (a.k.a Cyb3rVector) in conjunction with Escape Pod to add new intents in a video teaser on Youtube . Basically you add intents in Codelab and those …
And another amazing project by cyb3rdog: Thanks to his efforts you are now able to use the Python SDK with Vectors tethered to an Esacape Pod. You need to install his version of the Python …