RoboGal is currently certified at Journeyer level.

Name: Sabrina Nelson
Member since: 2003-07-13 19:31:05
Last Login: 2003-07-17 07:48:40

FOAF RDF Share This


I'm new to robotics, and new to programming, but have had a lifelong interest in science and technology. I'm currently a graduate student at Cal State Hayward in their Multimedia Masters Program. Along with three teammates, we are embarking on a multimedia arts project which will have robots interacting with each other, and video projection demonstrating what the robots are "feeling". I'm joining to find assistance with programming, particularly writing code to allow using bluetooth for controlling the robots and for the robots to communicate with each other.

Recent blog entries by RoboGal

Syndication: RSS 2.0

Our team talked with Dave, a programmer friend of my family's. Dave is a serious expert in terms of computer game design and behaviors. He's an old skewel guy who started out using basic on the Apple II. Dave was eager to help us because he loves this sort of thing. Since our bots have to "exhibit behaviors", and communicate those behaviors to an audience, he said, "I'm the perfect guy for this gig!" I'm just greatful our family has so many software engineers for friends!

We now have a strategy for designing the program for each bot. We will start with a spreadsheet, and have two parameters, the "bravery/fear" parameter, and the "love/hate" parameter. We lay these out on a spreadsheet and the various points at which the parameters cross will determine a specific behavior for how bot A "reacts" to bot B, to Bot C, and so on. I guess you'd call this an array? I'm new to programming so hope I'm getting the terminology correct :)

The bots recognize each other by means of barcode on their bodies, and they get moved around the space by spectators. So although we've solved the bot recognition problem, we now have a problem with remote control. We'd still like to use bluetooth for everything and it seems far more complex to implement than RF or IR.

Another idea would be for the bots to be controlled via RF, but still have a bluetooth transceiver for communicating with the video server. Maybe that's overkill? RF and IR can be programmed in basic. For bluetooth, I heard about a converter for the Parallax basic stamp. Anyone else heard about this thing? Its super expensive, but if it makes programming simpler, I'm willng to spend the money!

We will have 9 robots, in an arena and our spectators will each have a chance at moving them. When they make their bot meet with another bot, they are one step closer to the goal. This will show up on a giant video display. The goal is to get all the bots to meet with each other in a specific order.

So the project is changing, but only a little, and I really like the idea of interaction with an audience. It makes the experience far more interesting.

Research and tasks for this week:

1) Read everything I can on bluetooth! Specifically looking for anything that will help me and my team understand how to write code for it.

2) Tests: Parallax BOEbot vs. LEGO Mindstorms, ease of use, ease of programming. Overall expense.

3) Discuss with team the prospect of inviting a grad student in the engineering dept. to help us with writing software.


RoboGal certified others as follows:

Others have certified RoboGal as follows:

  • lnxfergy certified RoboGal as Apprentice
  • Botnerd certified RoboGal as Apprentice
  • msprague certified RoboGal as Apprentice
  • nitro certified RoboGal as Apprentice
  • cgates certified RoboGal as Journeyer
  • ROB.T. certified RoboGal as Journeyer
  • Lodewijk13 certified RoboGal as Apprentice
  • shobhanb certified RoboGal as Apprentice

[ Certification disabled because you're not logged in. ]

Robot of the Day


Built by
Christian Vlaskowits

Recent blogs

30 Sep 2017 evilrobots (Observer)
10 Jun 2017 wedesoft (Master)
9 Jun 2017 mwaibel (Master)
25 May 2017 AI4U (Observer)
25 Feb 2017 steve (Master)
16 Aug 2016 Flanneltron (Journeyer)
27 Jun 2016 Petar.Kormushev (Master)
2 May 2016 motters (Master)
10 Sep 2015 svo (Master)
14 Nov 2014 Sergey Popov (Apprentice)
3 Jul 2014 jmhenry (Journeyer)
10 Jun 2014 robotvibes (Master)
13 Nov 2013 jlin (Master)
23 Jun 2013 Mubot (Master)
13 May 2013 JLaplace (Observer)
21 Apr 2013 Pi Robot (Master)
12 Apr 2013 Pontifier (Apprentice)
16 Mar 2013 gidesa (Journeyer)

Newest Members

Newest Robots

7 Aug 2009 Titan EOD
13 May 2009 Spacechair
6 Feb 2009 K-bot
9 Jan 2009 3 in 1 Bot
15 Dec 2008 UMEEBOT
10 Nov 2008 Robot
10 Nov 2008 SAMM
24 Oct 2008 Romulus
30 Sep 2008 CD-Bot
26 Sep 2008 Little Johnny
Share this page