March 30th, 2019
We plan to stream our #PiWars Challenges tomorrow 03/31.
If you want to check out our progress head over to YouTube.com and follow my channel, MyITInstructor.
Our current schedule is as follows. Times are Mountain Time Zone.
345am - Spirit of Curiosity
410am - Pi Noon rd1
440am - Hubble Telescope
545am - Canyons of Mars
630am - Pi Noon rd2*
700am - Space Invaders
745am --The Apollo 13 Obstacle Challenge
810am - Pi Noon rd3
900am - Pi Noon Quarter-final*
930am - Blast Off: Straighish Line Speed Test
1000am - Pi Noon Semi-Final and Finals*
We hope to see you online!
Kerry A Bruce
So, we spent the day testing our #PiWars robot and our live streaming capabilities... Check out the videos over on YouTube and SUBSCRIBE to the Playlist for Live Streams of the CNM Central New Mexico Community College #PiWars 2019 trip to Cambridge, UK later this week. We will be streaming our challenge events on Sunday March 31st, 2019. Here are the videos for your viewing pleasure...
Last But Not Least
A New Reality
When I joined the team I had very little experience with computers and right away I started down the paths to understanding motors, robot logic, and 3d design. I had only ever dreamed of what a 3d printer could do, and then I was able to use a student version of Autodesk fusion360 software to design with. After watching some YouTubes and learning from mistakes I got to a place I felt comfortable to express ideas fluidly. Now we have a robot that functions with integrated modular parts that came from my ideas straight to plastic reality.
Hungry..? us...? nooooooooo....
Closer and Closer
#Piwars2019 is just minutes away....well more like less than 3 weeks and an 18 hour flight away...but that's not the point. The trip is almost here!!!!
Here are today's goals:
-Review the rules
-Get new chassis completely functional
-Map out remaining items to get completed
Lets get going!!!!!
We love the pixy2
One of the biggest differences that has been made between this year and last year is how we are handling image recognization. Last year we used opencv but this year we invested in a $60 pixy2 camera. With this camera it took us only one 3 hour session to get line following working. With the base line following that was created, we adapted that and changed the vector data that was given into bloc data. From this we were able to get the nebula challenge prototyped in only one 3 hour session. We used similar methods from the nebula challenge and were able to get a semihardcoded version of the maze done in one session.
Although we do have prototypes of all three automatic challenges done, we are hard at work improving all 3 of them. For the line following we recruited fellow student Jack (Who has helped us throughout our build) and he was able to refine our code into much more consistent results. We are currently working on incorporating ultrasonic sensors into out maze algorithm.
This Was supposed to be easy...
This is an UltraBorg - PWM Servo Control w/ Ultrasonic Sensor Support! We used the Ultraborg to control our custom fitted sensors!
You can find these at www.PiBorg.com
Just a little update on the components of our robot..To start we have our Pixy cam. This little guy has made a huge difference compared to last year. Jimmy was able to learn/translate programming that enabled us to move though challenges much easier...of course with a few mistakes but not s much as last year!!! 10/10 would recommend using.
March 10th, 2019
As Paul was transferring everything to the new chassis... I thought..."what a good time to list all the components of our robot!"
To start we have our Motor Control, Motors, and wheels! 10/10 would recommend.
Motor Control: ThunderBorg - Dual 5A Motor Controller with DC/DC & RGB LED
Motor: Greartisan DC 12v
Wheels: TopNotch3000....just kidding we got these last year and we have forgotten what they are but we know they are RC wheels we got from amazon.
Here are some links:
Today we held a Goodwill fundraiser! We were only expecting to get maybe 4 bins filled but we were lucky enough to get 7 bins filled!!!! A big thanks to those who came out to support us!!!! This money is going towards paying for our trip to #Piwars2019
Today we were invited to Meow Wolf to participate in a micro controller showcase. Mr Bruce and a team of Students traveled to Santa Fe New Mexico to share some of our HackerSpace activities, including HAL3000. Students participating in the outreach were, Paul Judge, Stephanie Perez, Dalton Pierce, and Marlan Ball plus CNM Faculty member Rob Garner joined in on the fun. In addition to sharing HAL3000 we demonstrated our Raspberry Pi based super computer, our student built 3D printer, Marlan's awesome LED cube, and Sense Hat animation activity. All demonstrations were well received and the students had a lot of fun sharing and exploring Meow Wolf exhibits.
Little sneak Peek!
Our chassis is finally printing...soon enough we will be putting it all together! Cant't wait! Paul Judge spent a lot of time designing the new look. He put a lot of effort into learning how to 3D design and then put his skills to the test with designing the new chassis.
Team Picture....minus Dalton
Starting from Left to right we got Paul in the back, Steph in the front left jimmy in the middle, Me (Abby) on the right and Mr Bruce. Unfortunately Dalton couldn't make it to the meeting that we took this at.
We are getting so close to the trip!!! You know what that means!? Time to start getting homework for the classes we will be missing!! Totally worth it though. In other words the team will be attending the official CNM travel meeting in a couple weeks. Everyone one has plane and train tickets, hotels have been booked, travel insurance has been purchase, arrangements for museums have been made, and last but not least....restaurants have been chosen! Fun fact the team as whole love to eat so if you have any great food places to recommend let us know!!!!!
Look What Mr. Bruce Built for us!!!
Arriving in Style!!!!!!
LIVING ON THE EDGE
We have a proper mount for the pixy cam don't worry....This is a throwback to a couple weeks ago. Note the awesome duct tape work!
Keep an eye out for the team member posts! within the next week each member will take over the blog and write about what they've been up to this whole time.... If you haven't already noticed our blog is a bit different from the others....This is because the Biology major volunteered to follow the team of CIS majors around.....HAHAHA I have no idea what's going on but, I'm having fun.
Here's the point I've been working with these major NERDS as they complete these task and have been providing the most basic explanations to describe the amazing things they have been doing. So, what better way to explain their projects and have them write what they've been up too....
Okay so maybe not that kind of famous...but we like to think we are cool.... CNM Marketing came to our Friday HackerSpace meeting to interview us for an article about the #Piwars2019 team! How awesome is that!!! Check it out here!
My name is Abigail, I'm a CNM student currently in pursuit of a biology degree. My current role in the team is to clean up/organize the lab, blog/take photos, and I'm one of the drivers for our robot.
Daily Quotes and Sayings from the team