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Collab Log #013: 3D printing updated IR camera pieces

Collab Log #013: 3D printing updated IR camera pieces

Today we started 3D printing the updated CAD model pieces from the uOttawa group! Just like a teleporter, from their computer to reality over here. It’s great! These pieces will be used to assemble the complete IR camera pieces and mount. The Raspberry Pi goes onto the case and into the shell, which mounts onto the top of Bowie’s chassis.

Next update will show the complete assembly of this, stay tuned! And good luck to the uOttawa team this week with their presentation!

Collab Log #012: Reviewing CAD model

Collab Log #012: Reviewing CAD model

We met with some of the uOttawa group and discussed the CAD model and the object detection training model. It was interesting, for the object detection model, there are some out there, like this one on kaggle for garbage detection. If we can build on this, it will help get ahead faster.

The Garbage Classification Dataset contains 6 classifications: cardboard (393), glass (491), metal (400), paper(584), plastic (472) and trash(127).

The CAD model is ready to be printed! We have a printer here, and this seems quite like teleportation. We will begin printing it asap (waiting on some PTFE oil before starting a long print).

Beck is still working on the drive system instructions, but no progress was made since last update.

The uOttawa team has their presentation coming up soon! Thank you to their effort this semester!

Collab Log #011: Virtual meet

Collab Log #011: Virtual meet

Our first virtual meeting! This week we went over button parsing for the Operator Interface, and discussed about the RPi mount for the pan-tilt and IR camera. We had a few people from the uOttawa group connect, it was good to test out the technology. We used Jitsi Meet for the video call, it is open source!

Collab Log #010: [VIDEO] Water bottle detected! (in IR)

Collab Log #010: [VIDEO] Water bottle detected! (in IR)

There was a good amount of progress that culminated this week!The uOttawa group got Tensorflow object detection working with the IR camera attached to the RPi! We were able to see what the objects were being detected as. This was just using the standard MobileNet model, and there were results such as surfboard in there too.

Beck completed the Bowie Brain Kit! It is now completely soldered. Next step is programming the first blink! As well, we had the chance to meet someone new, Queenie, who was interested in learning more about Robot Missions.

Hooray! It’s great to see it when progress meets a milestone. Congrats to the uOttawa team!

Collab Log #009: IR camera images

Collab Log #009: IR camera images

Tonight the uOttawa group tested the IR camera. They connected it to the Raspberry Pi, and took pictures with it using raspistill. The test images were showing some objects with the overhead lights on and off. The IR leds that are beside the camera do a good job at illuminating the objects when the overhead lights are off. This progress showed that the IR images can be captured, and the next step is to pass them to Tensorflow for object detection. Beck added the headers to the Teensy 3.6 and inserted it in to the Bowie Brain.

Collab Log #008: First pan-tilt test and nearing completion on Bowie Kit

Collab Log #008: First pan-tilt test and nearing completion on Bowie Kit

Tonight the groups continued on the progress. The pan-tilt servo connections were added to the Bowie brain board. The pan-tilt mechanism was assembled. Test code was written to make sure the pan-tilt works. Beck added the motor wires to the brain kit. It’s interesting to see how less dusty / sandy the brain is when new.