Regular Meeting Minutes
Mar 3, 2007, 10:30AM
Line Maze Challenge %GĀ‚Äď%@ Monty Goodson
Nano Bots and Other Fun %GĀ‚Äď%@ Paul Barton
PDXbot.07 update %GĀ‚Äď%@Larry Geib
News & Reports
The third in a series of progressively more challenging mazes is a í°»simple mazeí°… where the robot must explore the maze and find the finish point. Monty demonstrated his robot, which successfully navigated this maze.
Dave Hylandí°«s website (davehylands.com) has video of last yearí°«s SRS Line Maze winner, completing an 8í°«x8í°« maze in about 20 seconds.
Paul started developing small robots several years ago, and took 2nd place in Micro Sumo at PDXBot.05. Paul Barton brought in two nano-class sumo bots.
Paulí°«s Micro sumo programming uses a simple strategy:
detect the sumo ring edges and rotate to avoid them
avoid right angle turns
The robot has two floor sensors in front, and one in the back. There are no opponent sensors. His initial challenges were to avoid overrunning the edge of the ring %GĀ‚Äď%@ being unable to stop and change course in time to avoid falling out. The motor drivers are 7400 series Octal buffers, driving pager motors through a hand-built gearchain.
Paulí°«s prototypes used ZipZap RC car motors and gears. Several kits were required to complete a single bot.
Paulí°«s latest Nano robots are custom-designed PCBs fabbed by Express PCB. There are 4 pannels per robot, arranged in an open-sided cube. Each board contains logic, motor drivers, or sensors. The motors are pager motors with rubber-band belt drives to the wheels. The pager motors are from Solarbotics, and include planetary gear reduced output.
Robotmaker.co.uk is a vendor of components for nano-sized robots.
The PSU Smith Ballroom is not available for PDXBot.07. We are now looking at the DoubleTree Inn as substitute venue. It has about twice the floor space of the Smith Ballroom, but a lower ceiling.
With the added space, we can run multiple competitions in parallel.
Some changes for this yearí°«s competition
We are adding the SRS Line Maze competition this year.
We are considering additional ¾í°… line follower competitions.
We are partnering with the Portland chapter of Dork Bots, who will lead an art-bot competition. The challenge is to í°»build a robot that makes artí°…. Details and rules are forthcoming.
The next planning session is Wednesday Mar 7 at the west-side Lucky Labrador -- 1945 NW Quimby, in Portland.
Roger Ray met with representatives of Intel Corp. We have acquired an application for corporate sponsorship from them.
Dave Hyland recommends a small ARM processor evaluation board offered by luminary_micoros.com for about $60. It provides 4 ADC channels and multiple PWM channels. It is programmable over USB.
A delegation from the OSU Robotics Club visited the meeting today. There are about 30 members in the club. They are involved in Sumo competitions, currently focusing on the Japan class competition. They had a competition of about 8 robots a couple of weeks ago. All the contestants produced different designs and strategies for their robots, even though they are all based on the same chassis.