Category Archives: Robot

I’m porting my AVC entry to Raspberry Pi + Rust !

I very recently started using the Rust programming language professionally and although I am still working my way through the learning curve, I feel that I am proficient enough to “get it done” even if it isn’t using the most idiomatic Rust code. I’m enjoying the language immensely and have been spending evenings and weekends challenging myself to solve various… Read more »

G-Force progress

After a break of several months I’ve finally had my second attempt at a laser cut wood design and this time all the pieces did fit together! There were some gaps that needed filling so it wasn’t perfect, but it was close enough. Here’s a quick photo of the new chassis for my autonomous vehicle. I’m really pleased with the results and… Read more »

Sparkfun AVC 2015 Rules Announced

If you haven’t already seen, Sparkfun just announced the rules for this year’s competition. It’s a shame there is no aerial course this year, but let’s face it; it was only a matter of time before there was a nasty accident. There are still some details to be announced, such as the details around the special 150 point-earning short-cut. I’m… Read more »

NoCo Mini Maker Faire Daleks!

I’m showing off my Dalek at the Noco Mini Maker Faire this weekend at The Gizmo Dojo (Broomfield Makerspace) booth. One of the highlights of the show for me so far was meeting fellow Dalek-builder Samuel Presgraves and his NSD (New Season Dalek). It was fun getting a photo of them together. It was also great to see Azman Sugi’s excellent… Read more »

G-Force upgraded to NiMH batteries

I’ve now upgraded from regular alkaline AA batteries to a 7.2v NiMH battery pack and this has solved the issues I was having with making G-Force make turns while in motion. I’ve also been experimenting with gradual acceleration to reduce current and risk of stalling. Here’s a short video showing accelerating from being stationary and performing a short turn. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4wb2hSXvjg]