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Name: Jay Beavers
Member since: 2004-09-28 06:32:35
Last Login: 2005-07-01 14:32:58

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Homepage: http://cylonrobot.blogspot.com


I've been dabbling in robots for about five years now, starting out with the Lego Mindstorms and moving up to Windows XP Embedded on Via EPIA motherboards. My latest effort is competing in the Seattle Robotics Society's Robo-Magellan contest. I'm a member of SRS. My primary interest is in improving the software systems of robots. My day job is professional software developer, hence my interest.


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There's recently been a series of questions about using Windows XP Embedded for a robot chassis on the Seattle Robotics Society's mailing list that I've answered on my blog.

I also found some excellent work on calling into the Evolution ER1 Robot Control Module directly without having to go through the ER1's API. This is very exciting to me because I had some serious reliability and performance problems with the ER1 API that I can now studiously avoid. It turns out that the ER1 Robot Controller Module is actually a Pilot Motion Processor from Performance Motion Devices plus additional supporting hardware. In reviewing the Pilot's SDK, this is a very nice piece of hardware including A/D ports and Digital IO ports and a well documented RS-232 protocol that can run over a very high speed RS-232 interface (say, USB connected like the ER1 provides).

I've added a few more blog entries on my robot, including a description of the Acroname Brainstem, Windows XP Embeddded, and a few pictures of a new multi-tier chassis I've been hacking on for the past few weeks.

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I've added some details on the IO Bus that I'm using for Cylon. I'm combining a 26 conductor ribbon cable with a custom PCB I had made at PCBExpress to allow me to carry 12 signal pairs plus Gnd/+5V between my various chassis levels. For details, see this entry on my blog.

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I've started work on a new base for Cylon, one that will allow me to move from an inside drivetrain (repurposing ER1 parts) to an outside drivetrain (based on my Tamiya TXT-1 monster truck chassis). I've posted details here.

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