Off-Schedule Meeting Log, Winter Edition

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Off-Schedule Meeting Log, Winter Edition January 03, 2019 By Ethan, Evan, Karina, Abhi, and Arjun

Meeting Log (Week of)January 03, 2019

It's wintertime in Texas! The wind is gusting through the trees, the cool chill of the rain is permeating the air, and the fire of robotics keeps us toasty in our hearts, driving us to finish our robot as our tournament approaches.

We have quite a few tasks this week, including but not necessarily excluding those not listed:

  • Latch design

  • We've had an idea for a latch for a while. We started with the simple hook pictured below, but it was just that, a start. We want to move on to bigger and better things. So, we designed a new version, displayed below the hook.

    This version uses two of the above gears to form the latch. Then, as the robot shifts, the latch becomes undone, allowing the robot to gently fall upon the ground, much like a baby bird departing its nest for the last time.
  • Latch attachment

  • So, just having a design isn't enough, it actually has to be implemented. It's crazy, but apparently it's true. So, Evan cut some attachment points that also function as linear slide stoppers as detailed in our last post.

    Then, we attached the latching system to the attachment posts on each side, mounting the latching system as seen here.

  • Fixing superman and wheels

  • While Karina was testing our robot, BigWheel suddenly began to lose friction, stranding itself in the middle of the field. It would only operate if more weight was put upon it. We haven't determined the reason yet; it could be that the temperature caused some strange material effect, but the new linear slides could also have shifted the weight distribution of the robot away from the main wheels. In addition, the Superman arm failed to work. We've narrowed it down to a code issue, but beyond that, we're scratching our heads.


    Karina putting weight on the robot

  • End\Beginning of year review

  • Iron Reign has a tradition of reviewing the performance of the past year; this year I chose to begin it using numbers. I went back in the archives and used the stats page to count contributions from team members. This post can be found here.
  • TensorFlow & OpenCV testing

  • We still need to fully implement gold/silver particle detection, as well as the rest of our autonomous. To begin on this long, arduous process, Abhi and Arjun worked from home to begin vision integration. At the current point, the program detects gold most of the time. We are experiencing a bug in that the telemetry isn't detected.

Date | January 3, 2019