Colony Meeting 4.27.07

  • Updates
    • Wireless Library
      • Felix got mad because its for x86 instead of AVRs
      • Can call most XBee functions
      • Packets can be sent
      • Token ring next
      • Porting soon
      • Update the wireless wiki page
    • Scheduler
      • Low battery check in
        • Not tested
        • Wrap around problem on the voltage sense on the Dragonfly
        • Might be USB (not I2C) problem
      • Lemmings put in the scheduler and worked better???
    • Charging Boards
      • Motors cause a lot of noise that the homing sensor detects
        • Ground the beacon to the board
          • Be careful. Don't cause electrical fires
        • Investigate a lot
      • Divide by 8 error
        • Someone forgot to change the CLKDIV8 fuse
        • Macro to set fuses correctly in the future
    • Electrical Noise
      • Electical nosie not fixed with a encasing
        • Try encasing entire board?
      • Debug program to see if we lose stuff on wireless
        • Spits out wireless bytes.
        • Other does stuff, see if we get interference.
        • Needs to be tested # Send something to the computer instead?
          • Log errors even
          • EEPROM anyone?
    • Charging Station
      • Charging parts are here. Now we don't need hotglue and aluminum foil!
        • Epoxy and steel foil instead
    • Colonet
      • GUI works!
        • Slight tweaks needed for charging
          • Button to start/stop charge/autodetect
    • Avoid-obstacles
      • Comment and wikify
    • Robots
      • No BOMS or Sharps left
      • about 9 give or take a few parts here and there
      • Put the final version of the charge contacts on
    • Happy/Sad
      • Porting to Dragonfly
        • Works
      • Converting to use an FSM
        • Buggy
        • Put into scheduler for more coolness
    • RBOM
      • Schematics in how the pros did it (EPFL)
        • Need to rewire ours
        • Figure out some problems
        • Oscillator needs to be fixed
  • Events
    • GDRS (Cyberdyne????)
      • Nothing caught on fire
      • They were impressed and opened up a cleaners
      • Demos went well
        • Owned by gap in tables
    • Open House
      • Felix talked a lot because he likes to (about robots)
      • General consensus: Good
  • MoM
    • Title: Towards an Autonomously Recharging Robot Colony
    • May 9th (Wednesday)
    • Two Competitions
      • Sigma Xi + Lockheed Martin + Give a talk, laptops for media
    • Poster
      • Three Parts
        • Rough Draft Due May 2nd (Wednesday)
        • Autonomous Recharging: Austin + Brad 'Master' <
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  • Dragonfly Robots: Fan + Duncan
  • Colonet: Eugene Edward Marinelli III + Greg
  • Presentation (Brad + Austin)
    • Powerpoint + Use videos
  • We will spam you for fun
  • Colony Dinner
    • We are going after the MoM
      • May 9th
      • Exact time and place TBA
  • Joke
    • The internet sucks for jokes. And bagels...what