Status Updates: 11/05/10

Week of 10/29/10 - 11/05/10

Current Projects:

  • New Assignments
    • Better terrain for hunter-prey etc. (Walls)
    • SURG Mats (Paper, roads, reflective paint)
      • Talk to photographer for getting more free large-scale paper
    • Hardware (Nico)
      • Trying to find DIO pins to use, may need to make a new cable
      • Going to high-jack BOM control lines
      • Nico will look for help in an email
  • SURG - Traffic Navigation
    • Highways - Alex Z, Matt, Mark, Abe, James, Dev
      • Initial map created
      • Tried using encoders, but those sensors weren't connected
      • Lane change functionality added
      • Next to focus on passing (try using BOMs to tell when you've passed someone)
    • Intersections - Ben, Jeff, Priya, Alex L, Willis, Joseph
      • Linked list idea appears to work after testing with 2 robots
      • Dan cleaned up turning in the code
      • May have working intersection code by next Friday
    • Barcodes - Dan J., John S.
      • Spacing? Talk of using different foreground/background colors?
  • SURG - Diagnostic Station - John H, John S, Chris M
    • Mechanical system needs to be assembled
    • Exploring options for electrical side:
      • Use a dragonfly board either as stand-alone or as an intermediate to a full-blown computer
      • Use an Arduino as an intermediate to a full-blown computer
      • Use a LabVIEW data collection system with a full-blown computer
      • Obtain an Atom computer
        • Does not come with an OS. Would have to troubleshoot this.
      • George mentioned small USB devices which give you access to analog channels. Might have to write drivers for it, though.
  • Scout - Dan Shope
    • Scoutfly v1.1 Arrived! 5 boards from Gold Phoenix
      • Began soldering/assembly on Thursday
    • Breakfly arriving this week from ITeadStudio
    • Moving to 100:1 ratio motors (3-4mph, 10lb payload) for increased torque
    • Port Scheduler - Evan, Abe, Justin S
    • Got a contact for Gumstix, sending a donation/sample request - Chris Mar
    • OS / Gumstix - Dan S., Jeff, Ben, Abe?, Chris?, Evan?
      • Wednesday @ 9:30p
  • Good old ticket ideas
    • Reminder to start on some of these as assigned last week.
Cleaning up old projects
  • Filter Design - Emily
  • Rangefinders Fitting - Brad, Ben P, Megan
    • From last week: Speak with Megan - Ben P
    • Did this happen?