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I'm actually working on a robotic project for which I'm planning to use arduino to drive the wheels.For this, I want to send signals from my Onboard embedded computer (which has Windows Embedded Compact 2013 OS) to arduino. Is this possible? If not possible, what are the other alternatives?

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    I think the title of the question is misleading. When you say "Can I run arduino" it would lead people believe you're asking whether you can run the Arduino IDE (which I don't know). But later you explain that you actually only want to send signals to the Arduino. This doesn't require the Arduino and is certainly possible. If you wanted a better answer you would need to explain what sort of communication you plan to use for these signals (serial, SPI, I2C, etc.). – per1234 Jun 27 '17 at 14:30
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What OS is running on two different devices exchanging messages/signals, does not matter. What matters is the protocol.

You can use a lot of different ones:

  • Wireless:
    • IR (infrared)
    • RF (radio), like 433 MHz, 2.4 GHz
    • WIFI (internet)
    • Bluetooth
  • Wired
    • SPI
    • 'simple wires' / Wire library
    • Serial
    • USB (not on most Arduinos)

This list is not complete, just some examples.

Arduino supports all above (except USB fully), I don't know what Windows Embedded Compact OS supports.

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    Actually, the only thing an ordinary Arduino easily supports for interaction with a typical modern PC is USB. That will present on both ends as a serial port, but in terms of what you connect with a cable, it is USB. – Chris Stratton Jun 28 '17 at 1:40
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    strictly speaking the answer is correct, but would be clearer if it was changed to say Serial + USB Serial as the 3rd option and Native USB (not on most arduinos) as the 4th – James Kent Jun 29 '17 at 15:07

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