Category Archives: Robots

Open heart surgery

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OK, maybe not as dramatic, but it was just as vital.

With my final project deadline extended a week, I took a couple days of downtime to catch up on sleep. The all-nighters were adding up. Now I’m back and making some minor changes and a few fixes. Hopefully the thing will drive in reverse without catching on fire. If you don’t hear from me, send help.

Firmware for the not has been fleshed out and I’m looking forward to getting it coded. The loop is simple, checking the status of each input and setting a flag. That flag is passed to the three output functions, which run after the input stage. One exception is the turnaround() function, which is called by an interrupt on the whisker pin. Some output functions call themselves to complete a series of drive commands, for instance. This keeps things simple.

More to come.

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2015-04-23 · 20:05

All together now

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2015-04-20 · 21:18

Late night testing

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2015-04-20 · 01:30

Motor driver board

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Mounting at the rear, near the motors, his board is centered around a SN754410, a quad half bridge driver. The IC includes clamping diodes, but external Schottky diodes add an extra layer of protection from potentially ruinous flyback current.

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The rats nest is burning

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So testing on the first iteration on this board ended in a fit of curses too salty to repeat here. Decided to make another attempt, and incorporate the (painful) lessons from my first try. Opted for non-bussed perf board, and arranged components so their leads could be used to make connections.

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Much neater rats nest on the flip side. Watch this post for updates on how this tests out.

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Testing whisker front end module

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Last night, I soldered my voltage comparator circuit onto a small protoboard for my EE40LX final project. The circuit is a window comparator, and allows adjustment of the flex sensor’s divider, as well as one side of the window. This allows for adjustment on install and over time, as resistance may change with wear.

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Power blocking front end for analog IR proximity sensor array

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2015-04-01 · 16:54