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A wasted week – Hapsim to the rescue! 02/16/2009

Posted by aliasmrjones in The Build.
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In our previous post, we talked about some of the hardware and software we are going to use to construct our gps driven autonomous r/c car.  In this post, we’ll talk about actually getting some things wired up.  Somehow we wasted an entire week getting the LCD and serial input working.  A couple of dumb problems cause all the trouble and in once case a very useful program helped solve the problem.  In the other case, it was part of the problem.

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What are our liabilities…and our assets? 02/09/2009

Posted by aliasmrjones in The Build.
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We’re building an autonomous vehicle to compete in a competition sponsored by Sparkfun Electronics. The goal of the competition is to have a vehicle make 1 lap around Sparkfun’s building in Boulder, CO in the fastest time. The trick is, it must make that lap on its own with no interaction from any human.  You can read all the details about the competition here. One of the rules for the competition is that you document your build. That is what this blog is for. We’ll be posting about what hardware we’re using, how the build is going, our programming strategy, pics and videos, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all through the process.

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