Progress & Tech Logs
Latest updates related to the continual development and behind the scenes making of Bowie robot kits
Basic code for the node to test input output functionality works. Two LEDs had to change pins as they were input only. PWM on ESP32 for LEDs is different than with the Arduino boards, that was interesting to learn about. Temperature sensor works, and analog input is...read more
Determined the pins and wired them to the ESP32. Checked the recommended schematic for the temperature sensor, added a 0.1uF cap. There will be 4x white LEDs (2 individually controlled), and 1x red, blue, green, yellow. The purpose of each of these will be determined...read more
The drag & drop functionality now works! Check out the gif. By a count, about 8 methods were tried before reaching one that worked. Thought about the problem a bit differently, broke it down into tiny steps, and with a bit of tinkering, it works. ...read more
There is a key piece of functionality for the user that is missing from the current AR mode of Terrapulse. That is, the user has to be able to drag and drop something onto the marker - and have an effect, like an animation or something. Eventually this would be used...read more
There's now a program that will listen for all the messages sent to the MQTT broker and log it to a csv file. This is useful to store the data. Right now, the parameters that are saved are simply the date, time since the epoch, topic, payload, qos and retain. It was...read more
First step of integration between software (AR) and hardware is complete. Now, instead of the device simulator program, there's an actual device. Using a microcontroller with Wifi connectivity for preliminary testing. The device connects to MQTT, sends sensor data...read more
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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...read more
The uOttawa Masters Engineering group made progress on 3D printing the pan-tilt mechanism for the IR camera. Beck gave a tutorial to the group on how to 3D print with the Tinkerines and how to slice the models. Meanwhile, another member of their group worked on...read more
Here's part 2 of the beta brain kit progress! Tonight Beck and Brenda were soldering many of the headers needed for this board, taking approximately 3 hours. Watch the video snippet update here Some of the bugs found this week were: Overview: Might want to mention...read more
We met with some of the Master's engineering design group again. Tonight, they performed benchmark analysis on Bowie the robot. We also discussed in depth the tradeoff predicament version 1.0 of the robot is at with regards to the power of the motors. It was great...read more
Today was a big day in terms of Robot Missions milestones! Beck and Brenda are the first beta testers of assembling the Bowie Brain Kit! Woohoo! They will be following along all the steps to get their own Bowie brain alive. This was a pretty epic work session. They...read more
We met with the University of Ottawa Master's Engineering Design project team tonight, where we showed them a tour of the Prototyping Lab at Bayview Yards and discussed their project plan. We tried to determine what resources we might need for achieving all aspects of...read more
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