Saturday, March 30, 2013
On Thursday, March 28, Arnis Mangolds of C-2i Inc. came to talk to our class about robot design. He discussed design decisions for the Lemmings and Talon from his days at Foster-Miller as well as the design of his company's SeaOtter. While we won't be taking our robot into rivers, lakes or surf zones, there was much to be learned about constraining problems and designing the best solution to fit needs and requirements.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Some of you might have noticed that our mid-review video showed our rover with a laptop strapped to the chassis with a bungee cord. We were temporarily using that machine, borrowed from one of our Pioneers, while we figured out our computing needs for the rover. We decided to build our own computer, using a Pelican case to seal it from the elements. (Don't worry -- we have fans with filters for our cooling needs.) Our parts arrived yesterday, and we've been assembling the computer.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Our mid-project review video was included in today's Video Friday post on the IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog. If you reached our blog through that post, welcome. Stay tuned for updates on our progress towards the June competition.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Yesterday, we put the rover through some of the test courses at the NERVE Center, including gravel, sand, and the inclines of the splash pools (without the water -- we're definitely not water sealed). We're editing a video now, which will be posted tomorrow. Watch for it.