Category Archives: Projects

On watchdog timers

For many embedded software engineers, the watchdog timer is something that is designed in at the end. The thought is you just turn it on prior to shipping and “She’ll be right”. But this is a terrible travesty.

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XBee radios

I had gotten a pair of 1 mW XBee radios a while ago. I had wanted to use them to communicate with my robot while it was running. Normally I use an RS-232 cable in the lab, but in the … Continue reading

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IMU heater

I am using a Pololu 9-DOF module as the IMU for my robot. Its a very small device (1.0*0.8″) using MEMS bases gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometers. The trouble is these sensors have some drawbacks. The first is that MEMS sensors … Continue reading

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It has been a while

Life got in the way. I hate it when it does that. Why can’t things like work, taxes, dishes, and doctors appointments just take care of themselves? Why must I be involved? But over the last few weeks I got … Continue reading

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Sailboat start timer revisited

I have been stalled in my work on my robot. Current bug just seems insurmountable. I would come home and avoid the thing like the plague. So I decided to purposefully work on something else for a while.

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SUNDAR light sensor experiment

I have been sidelined for a very long time due to work. I have only had a few days off from work in the last 2 months. Makes working on my AVC robot difficult if not impossible. But I have … Continue reading

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Interesting bugs

Over the last few months, I have been sending to my software group at work a puzzle/quiz in the form of a bug I have found in my robot code. They seem to get a kick out of especialy since … Continue reading

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Data collection. 1 of n

Today I took my robot to my test area. I collected two battery packs worth of data. I am now begging the long process of analyzing 15 megabytes of binary log files. Oh Joy! No sarcasm here. I love data. … Continue reading

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Long time no post

It has been a while since I last posted. A lot and a little has happened in the meantime. I went on vacation to London and had a great time, but I have not made a huge amount of progress … Continue reading

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Major milestones fall!

Today I was able to check out a few major milestones today. The first is that I determined that I can indeed control the steering servo and ESC via the ARM processor. I was a bit worried that they would … Continue reading

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