Calypso Setup Instructions

Learning Goal: This document will guide you through setting up your hardware (if you're using an Amazon Fire tablet), Cozmo robot, and software (Calypso). At the end are instructions for how to update your software in the future.

If you don't have a robot and are only planning to run Calypso in simulator mode, you can skip ahead to the instructions for Calypso Software Setup.

Preparing Your Fire for Installation

These instructions are for the $49 Amazon Fire Tablet, although they should also work with other Fire models.
  1. Warning: do not plug your Fire into your laptop yet, as this may cause a device driver issue in a later step if you're using a Windows computer. We'll tell you when to plug it in. For now, just plug it in to your charger. If you've already been using your Fire with a Windows computer, don't panic. The problem is fixable.

  2. If you're using a brand new Fire, plug it in to the charger now and go through the setup dialog. You will need to connect to a WiFi network in order to install software.

  3. Make sure your Fire is running the latest version of FireOS. You can check this by opening the Settings app. Under "Device Options" select "System Updates". You want to be running version 5.3.1 or higher. If an update is offered, install it. This will take a few minutes. You may have to go through the update process several times to get to the latest version of FireOS.

  4. Turn on USB debugging:

    1. From the home page on your Fire (you can use the circle icon at the bottom of the screen to bring up the home page), go to the Settings app. Select "Device Options".

    2. Tap on the "Serial Number" entry seven times. This will reveal a "Developer Options" entry.

    3. Tap on "Developer Options" and turn on the "Enable ADB" switch. On the Fire 8 this may be labeled "Enable USB Debugging". Then exit the app.

  5. Install the free Cozmo app on your Fire by selecting the "Appstore" application and searching for "cozmo robot". Run the app to verify that it can talk to your Cozmo robot. If you're new to Cozmo, you may find this Getting Started video or this Quick Start Guide helpful.

  6. Turn off automatic app updates. This is necessary because the Cozmo app and the Cozmo SDK software must be kept in sync.

    1. Go to the home page on the Fire by pressing the circle icon at the bottom of the screen.

    2. Press the Library button in the top right corner of the screen.

    3. In the Apps Library, open the options menu by tapping the icon in the top left corner of the screen. Select "Settings" from the menu.

    4. If "Automatic Updates" is turned on, tap on it and uncheck the box to turn automatic updates off.

  7. Your Fire is now set up and ready to use.

Cozmo Robot Setup

Follow the directions in the Cozmo Quick Start Guide to set up Cozmo and connect to the app running on the Fire.

Note that Cozmo has no on/off switch. To turn Cozmo on you must place him on his charger. If you exit the app, he will turn off by himself after a few minutes. Place him on the charger when you're done with him, to ensure that he's fully charged and ready to go the next time you want to play with him.

Calypso Software Setup

You should have received an email link to download a Calypso installer. Download the installer for your operating system (Windows, MacOS, or Ubuntu Linux) and run it to install Calypso on your computer. When installation completes you should see a Calypso icon on your desktop.

Running Calypso

To run Calypso, see the instructions in the
next module.

Updating Your Cozmo and Calypso Software

New versions of the Cozmo app are released periodically. Any time you update the app you must also update Calypso.

To update the Cozmo app on your Fire:

  1. If you're running the Cozmo app on the Fire, exit the app.
  2. Go to the home page by pressing the circle icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Library button in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Go to the "Apps" tab and tap on the entry for Cozmo. If the yellow button says "Update" instead of "Open", tap on the button to install the update. Othewise, there is no update available at this time.
To update Calypso, open the Home menu, go to Settings, and select "Update Calypso Now". Or you can simply run the Calypso installer again.

Take the Quiz

Take this Calypso Setup Quiz to review what you've learned.

Next Module

In the next module you'll be introduced to computer vision and investigate Cozmo's perception.


Back to Calypso Curriculum overview.


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Last modified: Tue Jun 13 03:09:53 EDT 2017