ColonyIII - Friday Nov. 11 2005

  • What happened
    • Software
      • Stupid behavior
        • Bad control loop
        • Face robot with IR on
    • Electrical
      • RBOM
        • Intensity - not reliable: sun, light bulbs, people, etc...
        • Sharp IR sensor
        • IR intensity vs. distance
          • Somewhat linear at small range
          • Inconsistent beyond ~9cm
          • Assuming perfect alignment
        • Pras
          • Premade decoder vs. diy
          • FPGA (flexible, logic) vs. DSP chips (filtering, algorithms)
      • firefly2
        • Schematics are out
        • Eagle - free version available
    • Mechanical
      • Converted 2 more robots
  • What's happening
    • Software
      • Test solver
      • Draw pictures
      • Behaviors - fix PID, movement, follow the leader, bump sensor program
      • Open source robot simulator (look at it)
    • Electrical
      • More testing of LEDs
      • Sand LED down - more even beam dispersion
      • Buy parts (?)
        • 3 different types of {photo-transistors, photo-diodes, photo-emitters, etc...}
        • parts list needs to be finalized
          • firefly2 - wait on final schematic
    • Mechanical
      • BOM blinders
      • No more new robots at this time