Colony Project Meeting 2.23

  • Weekly updates
    • RBOM
      • Tuesdays, 8:30
      • 'Nobody' showed up
      • Gilbert cell-mixers are useless
      • Need band-pass filter
      • 10kHz
    • Autonomous Recharging
      • Electrical
        • I2C interface through dragonfly
        • Graphs can be created
        • Constant PWM seems to work well
        • Temperature steady -> stopping condition
        • Next week: P/PD current regulation
        • Do not unplug discharging batteries
    • Scheduler
      • (station) Bay allocation close for 4 robots
      • (station, robot) Accept/Deny packets
      • (robot) Need to do orbit-ish things
      • See code: ~/AutoRecharge/scheduler
    • I2C
      • driver for dragonfly — master/master (switch roles)
      • driver for tiny — no multi-master capabilities
      • 2 dragonflies can talk
      • charging (master) -> dragonfly (slave) communication works
      • developing multi-master setup — needs to work on tiny
      • wiki page
    • ColoNet
      • Listener works
        • prints packets to a file [human readable]
        • Parse to get fancy data
      • Not much new otherwise
    • Monitoring
      • Firewire camera on a pipe above the table
      • Computer stores images at ~1-2Hz
      • images are stored on HD
      • coriander to grab images
      • Available on web if you so wish
      • Need to do video sequencing/compresssion
    • Fleet
      • 5 robots built
      • Need to make more BOM mounts
      • 2 more LCD boards done
      • All BOMs are in the correct orientation
  • We missed the milestone
  • We will redo the milestones after spring break
    • We still need to do something cool
    • 4 Robots with no task, 24 hours milestone will be done by Spring Break now
    • Should be possible barring no hardware mishaps again
  • Things To do
    • Scheduler
      • James, Brian, Feng, Chris
    • Charging
      • I2C: Suresh, KWoo
      • Hardware: Brad, Austin (from Boston)
    • Contacts
      • Aneeb
    • Other Important Tasks that Need to be Done
      • Assembly: Duncan
      • Colonet, Videos: Eugene, Jason
      • Slave Driver: Felix
  • This Week
    • Work = (Time needed / Amount of people on task) + K
    • Video Compression must work
    • Scheduler must have the moving part
      • Update bay allocation to allow for multiple bays to actually work
    • Build more robots because they like to break for fun (or the prophecy)
  • Week after spring break
    • Big meeting with George and Howie
    • Show them cool things and they may give us more benjamins