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Design Update

The design team is proud of itself for finishing up most of its work with a week to spare. Now we just need to print off our designs and send them to the mechanical team (which has already completed most of a chassis) and get them machined. We are still messing around with different methods of holding the ball inside of the robot, but it should not interfere with the building process. We are having a good day, except for Jacob, who drove his car off the road and also ran out of gas while he tried to get out of a ditch. And, of course, Teddy got that concussion a while back, so he’s not having a great time.

New Camera For Our Robots!

2mp-hd-security-cameraFor the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge, Stronghold, team Northern Force is planning to use an imaging system. This 2 Mega-pixel IP Camera has built-in infrared illumination and can operate over a range of high resolutions and frame rates which will be helpful in optimizing bandwidth with our software interface. At some point in the feature we hope to use the camera over wifi using an access point as explained in this wireless ip camera setup guide. Northern Force’s programming team is developing image-processing algorithms that will help the drive team target boulders at the opposing Stronghold tower!

Programming Team Progress – Week 5

The programming team met on February 3, 5 and 6. Some students are working on code at home outside of our normal meetings.

We do not have tablets we need to test on. This is not yet blocking the team as we can continue developing the software and testing on the android simulator. We will need the actual devices for final testing.

The chassis with the roboRio and Talons is now functional. The code was missing calls to motors, though. The roboRio and chassis will be transitioned to LANCO for the parts to be re-purposed.

Next week we will assign subsystems for developers to write for the 2015 robot.

Some wheels do not drive in a predictable manner.

The spread sheet parser is complete.

We will continue to write code for the subsystems of the android application (initial database schema definition) and then start new code (blue tooth server, blue tooth client).

Week 4 Mechanical Progress

The mechanical team continued work on the two chassises. By the weekend’s end, four mecanum wheels were attached to both chassises. Gearboxes and CIM’s were added earlier on this week. Once the drive train is complete, work will begin on the manipulator(s).

The mechanical team has also fabricated a human player station and the team version of the scoring table is almost complete.