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.
For 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!
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).
The programming team met with the design team to help the programmers have a better vision on what they need to make for the 2015 robot.
The team took last years prototype robot and began writing code so that the drive team could have another robot to practice with. The team has run into a code that complies, but does not run. It has given them an error that says there is “no joystick detected”. The new web based configuration tool rocks! The team was able to very quickly assign ids to talons and update firmware with it. The team has figured out that deploying code and debugging code on the roborio is much easier than with the crio. Next, this team wants to update the computers to have the same program on each and continually debug the code.
Legacy Chassis Team:
This team has found that the chassis is bricked, if they still want to get it driving it will need to be re-imaged/unbricked. Next this team will need to install the latest firmware to unbrick the chassis, they will also need to debug it to get another working chassis.
Scouting App Team:
They will be continually coding, up next they will finish the subsystems for the android application. They also need to start a new code for a blue tooth server and client.
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.
The Electrical Team has been working on completing the electrical test board and installing it onto a test chassis so the Programming team to begin installing the code. Wiring for a second electrical board has begun, and it will be installed on the competition robot next week.
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March 28, 2014: In our fourth webisode, the FIRST Channel 172 news team brings the focus back to the students and mentors on the team, and their accomplishments.