Work from 1/5/2012

Posted: May 2, 2012 by lordhadrianus in Steve Era

Today, we are trying to make Steve’s ultrasound sensor work more proficiently. We also updated the code so it would go straight without the use of sensors. Chuck was proud of his magic numbers. The magic numbers stand for motor speeds which are 135, and 170. After our first test, we could see that Steve was maneuvering in a pretty straight line. We then tried drawing again, but we apparently could not go straight. So, we tested the wheels again and we realized we were off with the rotation by 0.1 seconds. After more tests, we haphazardly drew a couple stars. Sadly, we want triangles, not stars. Now, we took a step down to drawing circles. After more tests, we started to draw shapes that resemble triangles.


Today, we were given a basic agenda. We were told to have a code in our program that could move forward, turn right, turn left, and stop. Chuck has been working on this all class. Ron attached the sensors to Steve so now he can know where he is going by using readings from the infrared and ultrasound sensors. I, Bobzawald, had to write the general code for drawing a square on the board for all to see and I did it successfully. In the end, we completed our assignment very well. We shall post more videos of Steve quite soon.

Posted: April 26, 2012 by lordhadrianus in Uncategorized

Work from 24/4/2012

Posted: April 26, 2012 by lordhadrianus in Steve Era

Today we attempted to draw our triangle. When we took it out of the box, there were several motor connection problems, but Ron and Chuck were able to fix them so we we were able to continue with the drawing. After the first couple times, Steve drew a neat abstract drawing which drew acclaim since it was reproducible. We are very proud of our achievement, but it is not what we are trying to achieve. Let’s, go Steve!


Work from 17/4/2012

Posted: April 17, 2012 by lordhadrianus in Uncategorized

Over the last couple days, we realized our robot Steve did not work. Ron will now test the shield on another robot while Chuck is making the code for controlling the Pwm since we will not be using wheel encoders. Ron is testing the shield by using a digital multimeter. To control our Pwm completely, we must find the circumference of the wheels. We used the formula for the circumference of a circle which is pi x diameter. We used a ruler to estimate the tire’s diameter and it was about 6.5 centimeters. After we plugged 6.5 into the formula we found the circumference which is approximately 20.4 centimeters. Apparently, our robot does not work, but Ron has no idea why. We then discussed our project for our other class while Ron decided to take his shield home and remake it. Charles was successful in making the theory of the code, and then him and the other Programmers put it into the robot to test the code. We then ran out of time, so we could not finish the code. That was today’s work!

Hello fellow bloggers,

Sorry for my extended absence, but Bobzawald is back and ready for business. I was sick last week, but now I will be ready to update what we are doing in our class. For today, Ron is inspecting the robot, making sure it is ready to make some robotic art. Chuck is waiting for Ron to finish inspecting the robot, so he an work on the programming. In our other class, we had to make an algorithm for making our shape, and here are our first set of steps.


Posted: April 3, 2012 by lordhadrianus in Uncategorized

Steve is almost done!

Posted: March 30, 2012 by Ron in Uncategorized

Steve is in the final stages of development and only has a few things here and there to fix.



Steve is getting ready for a big assignment. The robot needs to draw a line in order to impress people from FAU.


Posted: March 30, 2012 by Ron in Uncategorized

Everything’s been going very well. Steve is now capable of drawing! Charles is just putting on the finishing touches on the code.


He’s coding outside.