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S.A.R.T Development Blog

26
Mar

Day 157 – A ‘Wheely’ Good Day Pt. III

The previous team used a product called PolyShield, which is a tough, flexible dip that protects, insulates and seals almost any surface. Color codes all items for safety, and reduces corrosion, noise and shock. Cushions grip surface and lasts for years. Weatherproof ability seals out salt, acids, and other liquids. Seals to prevent fraying of rope...
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21
Mar

Day 156 – Less Cool 3D Modeling: 2D Modeling.

I have made a rough technical drawing of how all of our sensors are going to fit into the front of the robot. We are currently fitting the microphone, IR sensor and camera in the very front of the robot. The camera itself has to be centered so that the driver does not get disoriented...
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18
Mar

Day 155 – Updated TDM for 2018

We have just submitted our updated Team Description Materials for 2018. In addition to last year’s TDM, it covers a number of improvements and additions that we will be working on leading up to Canada. Authors: Matthew Williams, Jack Williams, Aaron Maggs, Ryan Ewyk, Riley Cockerill, Connor Kneebone, Ben Hallett, Erin Biskup, Kyle Ewyk &...
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14
Mar

Day 154 – What’s in the mythical orange folder?

So hey, first post for me. Heya! Figured I’d write something about the random ideas and designs I’ve collected since joining S.A.R.T., so here we go! First up is the wheel designs. Here we have a draft containing wheel dimensions and some ideas for how the wheel could be improved from last year’s. Similar to...
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10
Mar

Day 153 – Camera Compression Complications

Mr. Crane picked up some cheap Logitech webcams the other day, so we could try testing multiple camera streams. He also got a USB 2.0 hub, so we could have them all on one USB port. The software that we used to stream the cameras over the network, Motion, supports multiple cameras very easily. Linux...
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02
Mar

Day 152 – Chassis is French For Frame Apparently

Last year the old team’s chassis had a square hole instead of servo mounts as well as screws which meant that the wheels could be flipped but it also meant that the chassis was a lot less strong and stable, which led to the necessary gluing of the servos to the chassis. Based on their experiences last year at...
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01
Mar

Day 151 – New Cameras

We have currently been researching a new and greatly improved way of knowing the position of the robot on the field using cameras. We had the idea of putting fisheye cameras on all side of the robot so that unlike the old robot we will have a much larger view area and will be able to manoeuvre...
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28
Feb

Day 150 – Networking, more like net-not-working

I have been working on setting up the UDOO x86 Ultra while everyone else has been working on the chassis. Setting up the software on the UDOO came with its fair share of problems. The robot runs a number of programs and scripts, mainly Apache web server to serve the control website, and a number...
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07
Feb

Day 149 – The Men with the Plen

Today the team spent time in discussion with our new mentors, discussing the current stage of the robot. A number of decisions were made, regarding the focus of our resources. We have decided to outsource our major 3D printing operations to commercial companies. This means printing quality and accuracy will be improved. It will also mean...
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08
Dec

Day 148 – S.A.R.T NG+

We’re the new S.A.R.T team, and we’re in charge now. We are Connor, Ben, Erin, and Kyle. Now that that’s out of the way; we began working on some new modifications we could do to the project. New Control Panel We are building a new control panel to replace the previous one which is not...
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