From 09/13/2011 to 10/12/2011


10:16 am Enhancement #1808 (Assigned): Video for Scout Intro
ala Google's awesome sketchy intro videos
Dan Shope
10:09 am Bug #1807 (Assigned): Website Work Log
-Add pictures to the sensors & comm page on
-Default mode for sensors should be expanded, not...
Dan Shope


12:16 pm Bug #1806: Gumstix Memory Change
I believe I'm using more recent bootloaders than October 2010. If not, the actual boot process and what is booting (... Jeff Cooper
12:05 pm Bug #1806 (Wontfix): Gumstix Memory Change
FYI, new Gumstix boards have changed hardware
Dan Shope
11:24 am Revision 126146b7 (colonymech): Added WebsiteSlider graphics and custom google apps logo.
Dan Shope
02:28 am Task #1805: Cheaper Gumstix, Check Compatiblity
The lack of onboard NAND (flash memory) is not a problem. What could potentially be a problem is that it only has ha... Jeff Cooper
02:15 am Task #1805 (Fixed): Cheaper Gumstix, Check Compatiblity
See if this is a drop-in replacement for our current (Overo Earth) Gumstix. We could save $35/board.
Dan Shope


04:02 pm Enhancement #1799 (Fixed): Setup
We have a Google Apps domain setup for ColonyScout - this has our docs, mail, etc.
Support@ has been added to this...
Dan Shope
03:18 pm Revision 00842750 (scoutos): Edited manifest.xml and mainpage.dox to have better descriptions.
Ben Wasserman
02:52 pm Enhancement #1530: Create roboclub demo
Bumped for Oct 23 Pittsburgh Maker Faire Dan Shope
02:05 pm Revision 5a69879a (colonymech): Updated BOM sketch block for 5mm diameter hardware. Added signpos...
Dan Shope
01:45 pm Revision 36d4e296 (colonymech): Updated website with shopping cart and pricing page. Updated CAD ...
Dan Shope
12:00 pm Task #1801 (Fixed): Call Freeman Supply about Color Mixing
Called Tech Support this morning - No degradation of performance or shelf life (as long as using Freeman or Huntsman ... Dan Shope
01:17 am Revision 7ba378cb (colonymech): Added cliff sensor mounts.
Dan Shope


03:07 pm Task #1791 (Fixed): Fastener Purchasing
Reimbursement received. Dan Shope
03:05 pm Task #1801 (Fixed): Call Freeman Supply about Color Mixing
Find out if it is safe (no degradation of shelf life/performance) to store Urethanes with premixed (liquid) colors. W... Dan Shope
03:01 pm Task #1800 (Assigned): Research PCB Assemby Costing
Max B has worked with EPD ( outside of Pittsburgh - slow turn, high volume. Dan Shope
03:01 pm Enhancement #1799 (Fixed): Setup
For email based support - forward to - this ties into our Assistly customer support help desk. Dan Shope
05:31 am Revision 056305bf (colonymech): Updated hood details (aesthetic button cutout, latching mechanism...
Dan Shope
04:54 am Task #1789: Test Cliff Sensors
Also, it makes sense that it works poorly at the angled orientation - the surface roughness has to be > wavelength in... Dan Shope
04:51 am Task #1789: Test Cliff Sensors
Great work!
We should still look at the signal (scope or log via microcontroller) lines to see what the transient ...
Dan Shope
03:57 am Task #1798 (Assigned): Mechanical Work Log
* Create undercut latch for hood (center, recess on front lip)
* Increase height of hood scoop (aesthetic)
* Model ...
Dan Shope


12:49 am Task #1789: Test Cliff Sensors
Preliminary Test Results:
Test Rig:
Power: Colony 5xNi-MH battery pack (charged, or at least above 6v for entire te...
Alexander Lam
10:53 pm Task #1789: Test Cliff Sensors
Test various speeds
* Slow - 5 in/sec
* Medium - 15 in/sec
* Fast - >25 in/sec
Dan Shope
11:34 pm Enhancement #1797 (Assigned): Design SmartFly Smart Acessory Reference Board
Based on Arduino Pro Mini (schematic) - see Dan Shope
11:01 pm Enhancement #1796 (Assigned): Audio Command & Output Accessory
Microphone + Speaker output, possible use a speech generation chip and/or voice recognition chip OR load software ont... Dan Shope
10:59 pm Task #1724: Money Requisition
Looking for >$4000 for development (prototyping and manufacturing) of 5-10 robot kits for internal use in the Robotic... Dan Shope
10:51 pm Task #1793 (Fixed): Create mockup for Cliff Sensor Testing
Dan Shope
10:29 pm Revision b64c27b7 (scoutos): Merge ssh://
Ben Wasserman
10:26 pm Revision 0121ead7 (scoutos): Added the ROS stack with the libscout, motors, and sonar packages to...
Ben Wasserman


01:38 pm Task #1777: Parts Order for Fall Prototype Testing
Sent order to Robbie. Waiting on parts. Priyanka Deo
08:18 am Revision a918b9bd (colonymech): Added STL for right headlight and pivot lock plate
Dan Shope
07:18 am Revision 843b2375 (colonymech): Updated wiring guides and schematic.
Dan Shope
06:46 am Revision d32d29a2 (colonymech): Updated master STLs for 3D printing. Updated wiring diagrams and ...
Dan Shope
04:57 am Task #1793 (Fixed): Create mockup for Cliff Sensor Testing
Build a mock Scout (or provide dimensions to MechE team) that holds (3) cliff sensors for testing. Dan Shope
04:52 am Task #1792 (Assigned): Electronics Purchasing, OCT-08
QTY 12 - Power Switch -
Dan Shope
04:48 am Task #1791 (Fixed): Fastener Purchasing
File for reimbursement:
QTY 2 - 100pk 1/4" Threading Screws -
QTY 1 - 50...
Dan Shope


05:28 pm Revision 6aece861 (scoutece): Added kwoo's standalone charging schematic.
charging_test.sch is a standalone circuit schematic for a prototype to
test the charging circuit that will ultimately...
Abraham Levkoy
02:01 am Task #1789 (Fixed): Test Cliff Sensors
Option 1:
Wire cliff sensors directly to LEDs, move across different surfaces and record behavior (false positives, ...
Dan Shope
09:18 pm Revision 3a135404 (colonymech): Created reference geometry (surfaces only) for rear accessory des...
Dan Shope


07:45 pm Revision 358dfffe (colonymech): Added Kinect accessory mount. Added back pivot block and diamond ...
Dan Shope
04:53 pm Revision a9a82abe (colonymech): Separated Rev4 CAD models into dedicated directory, removed out o...
Dan Shope
04:06 pm Revision a4bfa38b (colonymech): Re-organized CAD. Archived old diagnostic station, renamed Autono...
Dan Shope
03:43 pm Task #1431 (Wontfix): Spec front air filter foam
Dan Shope
03:43 pm Task #1480 (Wontfix): Find red Powder Coating
Dan Shope
03:43 pm Enhancement #1485 (Fixed): Viability of switching Gyros (larger range, faster, cheaper, smaller)
Dan Shope
03:43 pm Task #1514 (Wontfix): Powdercoating from Electro-kote
Dan Shope
03:41 pm Revision d286ea26 (colonymech): Re-organized renders and graphics. Photos now grouped by subassem...
Dan Shope


07:32 pm Revision 1f8c3e29 (colonymech): Added strengthening lip behind bumper.
Dan Shope
02:53 pm Task #1777: Parts Order for Fall Prototype Testing
Three vendors - SparkFun, Newark, and Pololu - please group by vendor before sending on to Treasurer/Peggy.
I've o...
Dan Shope
02:44 pm Task #1777 (Fixed): Parts Order for Fall Prototype Testing
For testing IR BOM
Dan Shope


10:13 pm Revision b68f4fd7 (scoutece): Finished hooking up new gyroscope.
Connected pitch output of gyroscope to AVR and gave pitch an output LPF.
Added optional HPFs to both pitch and yaw ou...
Abraham Levkoy


12:19 am Revision 7de130c2 (colonymech): Updated buttons for 2 rocking positions
Dan Shope
11:17 pm Revision 928e9487 (colonymech): Added button capture to hood button.
Dan Shope


04:04 pm Revision c406f16b (scoutos): Created first version of git repository; added libscout and motors p...
The repository root is the ros directory, which contains the ROS stack for the scout project.
The included files are ...


04:44 am Task #1727: Update Boards on Eagle
Reversed FFC connector and switched to new gyroscope part. Still need to prototype new power regulator circuit and th... Abraham Levkoy
04:39 am Revision 0075932e (scoutece): Routed new gyroscope.
Routed new gyroscope on board in Eagle. Abraham Levkoy
03:53 am Revision 64958645 (scoutece): Swapped gyroscope part in schematic.
Replaced old gyroscope part with new one in schematic. Assuming that
pitch output or amplified outputs are undesired....
Abraham Levkoy


05:30 am Revision d4a38876 (scoutece): Added Eagle part for new gyroscope.
Created symbol for new gyroscope (LPY5150AL). This part is sold by
Sparkfun but not in the Sparkfun Eagle library. An...
Abraham Levkoy


11:06 pm Revision 5dbaecb0 (scoutece): Flipped FFC connector on PCB.
Flipped FFC connector (part J3) on Scoutfly so that mating side faces
out from edge of board. Rerouted wires connecti...
Abraham Levkoy

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