Month: May 2013

WCRS 2013 in photos

Posted on May 12, 2013

What a fantastic day for an outdoor robot race, for the 2013 Robot Games! It made for some great images, and there were a few fun surprises, too. So this post is a little heavy on the pictures, and they will be slightly larger-than-normal images for today. Although one of my many hats is as […]

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WCRS Games today!

Posted on May 11, 2013

I’m heading down to the 20th Annual Western Canadian Robot Games a little later today, but the ‘rover won’t be competing 🙁 The rover isn’t mobile yet, after I found the long cables from the body to the steering servos and the motor encoders were picking up to much noise from the motor power wiring, […]

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Atmel Fuses and Tuning

Posted on May 7, 2013

(edit: I found this post stuck in draft mode, and decided to post it as-is for reference). If you need to control your Atmel chip startup behaviour, you probably want to set the fuse bits. It’s a little like burning eeprom settings; these don’t get overwritten unless you mean to (or you hit the ‘burn […]

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The Saga of the Simple On-Off Switch

Posted on May 7, 2013

Sometimes what should be simple isn’t, and what shouldn’t be simple is. Case in point: the humble on-off switch. Before I started designing the current incarnation of the rover I had already started to build the control panel for the power switches. Pretty early on you’ll learn that it can be simpler to keep the […]

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