It’s been quite a few months since I first ordered my xbee modules and today I finally had a little time to plug them in and do some testing. To my surprise it was a fairly simple task to get them to send and receive messages between two notebooks using maxstream’s X-CTU program. X-CTU is a tool made for programming and updating xbee modules it also comes with a terminal which comes in handy at times. Getting the xbee’s talking in Max/MSP seemed to be a sinch as well. You simply need to set up a serial send and receive patch and there you have it, small and fast wireless solutions. Here’s a short video of what I did today and you can download the max patches that I used for this demo. I can’t really see a practical purpose in using xbee modules in this way but it seemed to me to be a good starting point to get my xbee projects started.

Check out the video

download demo patches
send patch receive patch

My aim for the future is to create a wearable system for choreography using these small xbee modules. Rob Faludi has an Xbee direct blog entry that I hope to get going in the next few weeks.