This is it.. Tomorrow is the final full day to get MinuteMachine up to 100%. I can taste exactly how close I am right now! As of a few minutes ago I polished off the last bit of the USART code that accepts the coordinates from the Android. Which was worrying me.

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This is it! Only 9 days until my robot will be demo ready. Man, I have a lot to do. Fortunately its all system integration! Because the Android code is officially at 100% no more bugs, no more problems, yay! And as I promised I have a sound sample of lovely electronic popcorn

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Let it be known on this day April 2nd at 9:47pm my dear old Android screamed at me in a language only our binary brethren can understand! I have achieved communication of data to my microcontroller.

Theres only one bug left

For some reason the camera resets every time I send the data to the activity that sends it over audio. This reduces my resolution to about one frame every second.. BUT! It works, I can breathe now. Ill post an update when I fix the bug. Ill also share a sound sample.

Its been a while and Ive promised you a glimpse of what my pinewood creation really looks like. Well wait no more! Now in glorious animated Gif format you can see for yourself what a semester of hard work and a modified PCB creator can do for you!

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Major progress has occurred over the last week!
Not only do I have every last little piece printed out and moments away from being assembled, but Tuesday night I figured out how to add a second color to OpenCVs color detection AND fine tune it so only one blob of each color will appear! All I have to do now is

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This week I managed to fail bluetooth communication and so I have reverted to my plan B. Data transfer through the audio port. At first I wanted to avoid doing this because my Android programming skills are not very strong and I would probably have to find a way to code it myself. HOWEVER thanks to the nice people at Robots Everywhere which have posted beautiful sample code and a circuit to start from I have been able to get it working. But this adventure wasnt without its challenges

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March 12, 2014 · General · (No comments)

OpenCV has been an absolute nightmare. Without any useful Java or C++ background I am just swimming through a syntax of question marks. But after spending spring break getting the demo programs to run on my Android, and today picking the brain of our resident Android & OpenCV genius Josh Weaver, I was able to build a program that boots and looks for a color then plots a centroid using moments.

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Last Thursday all the parts required to get MinuteMachine rolling were ready to be cut on the 2D CNC modified PCB cutting machine we call a T-Tek. Unfortunately the bit broke, then broke again, and again, and again!

Finally after hours of pacing like an expectant father in the emergency room I received my first physical manifestations of my design.

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February 17, 2014 · General · (No comments)

I have spent many hours relearning and getting Solidworks to cooperate with me. I decided to go all out when designing my base because we are going to be cutting out the pieces with a 2D CNC machine called a T-Tek.

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With the world plagued with human violence, iconic sci-fi characters like the Terminator and Robocop. When my Intelligent Machine Design Laboratory (IMDL) professors told us to think up of a robot design my heart was already set
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