9 Sep 2003 The Time Keeper   » (Observer)

Accomplishments:

Well, I guess I need to learn how to count. I actually have three areas with significant inclination angles in my yard. The angles in question are approximately 45, 60, and 75 degrees. Thus, the maximum inclination angle is approximately 75 degrees.

My current choice for framing material is Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe. PVC pipe is inexpensive, light weight, and locally available in quantity. The only known drawback for this material is that it melts quickly when exposed to heat.

Goals:

This week I plan to work on the general shape, size, and mobility of my robot(s). A model should help bring these things into perspective. My attention will be focused on safety, usability, cleanup, and storage.

As time allows, I will start reviewing An Introduction to Embedded Linux Development Using the Sharp Zaurus SL5500 as Target" by Richard A. Sevenich. It will be interesting to see if these "Embedded Linux Development" techniques match what I have learned over the last several years.

Concerns:

There will soon be a time when I will no longer be able to avoid topics such as steering and traction.

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