Archive for February, 2012


Robot Drawing

Our drawing that our robot is going to make is a barn. This is a common puzzle where people are told they must draw the shape without lifting their pen/pencil off the paper or re-drawing lines.

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Joepy- Programming
Nigel- Finishing Soldering
Me- Making robot drawing rough draft

Arduino

Arduino is the programming software that we will be using to move our robots. It uses a language similar to C++. By transferring the code to the robot, we will move according to the directions written.

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2/23/12

Today…
Joepy- Continuing the Arduino code
Me- Working on engineering video
Nigel- Continuing soldering

Video Due Tomorrow- H Bridges

H bridges coordinate diagonally, with the top left of one side linked to the bottom right. They are programmed using highs and lows, so if one side is high and the linked opposite low, the robot would move forward (switching the lows and highs would make the robot move backwards). To stop the robot, you either make both sides high or both sides low.

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In the binary number system, the numbers follow a series of ones and zeros. The different places have different numbers applied to them, starting at 1 and multiplying by two (1,2,4,8,16…). So if you were to write the number 143, it would be 10001111.

Today’s jobs…
Me- adding to the blog
Joepy- continuation of the code
Nigel- continuing soldering

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2/14/12

Today’s jobs…
Nigel-soldering
Joepy-starting the code
Eric-starting the blog

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The finished structure of our robot. Now we can work on electronics and programming!
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