Robot Project Bookmarks

Last updated: February 5, 1996

1996-97 Robot Project; Current Links

New Changes to Schedule:

The pre-trial competition will take place on March 18th in Baker's Lounge at 3:00 pm
The final competition will take place March 27th in the Bell Theatre at 4:30 pm

Carleton's CAVE '97
Trevor Yensen's page which collected everything for the project before Christmas. Trevor was the teaching assistant for the project before Christamas. Now, after Christmas, it is Brian Robar.
Team Composition
The members of the Carleton teams. To check teams latest e-mail address;
Robot teams individual web pages for '96.

The '97 Rules
The latest revision of the CAVE rules. This year it is a fire extinguishing robot.
Benchmark file.
When Carleton CAVEers have to have what things done.
Some hints
On writing your December report due November 29th.
The Newsgroups
Fred Martin's Handy Board
This is the board Carlton will be using in 1996-97. It is slightly different from the board used in 1995-96

Other and Previous Competitions

The Queen's robot competition.
This contains descriptions of the 1994 and '95 games. As of Oct '96, it does not describe the '97 competition.
3rd Annual Firefighting Home Robot Contest is close to what is planned for the Queen's competition.
Detailed rules for the fire fighting robot from the Connecticut Robotics Society at Trinity College.
Preliminary rules of an adaptation for Queen's/Carleton.

The 6.270 MIT course on which the Queen's competition is based.
Robot building notes, interactive-C and many other things can be downloaded from this FTP site.
The web page for the new 6.270 robot contest at M.I.T.
The web page for theWestern Canadian Robot Games, or (Direct link)(if no frames),
at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. This has many types of competitions including the fire-extinguishing robot.
Robot Competition FAQ. A list of most North American competitions.
Mobile Robotics - CMPUT 412. Hong Zhang's undergraduate robotics course at U of Alberta.
Take a look at the Pinbot! competition.
What happens to loosing robots at the Univ. of Florida competition.

Robot Resource Lists and Jump Pages

Robotics Jump Pages.
Hobbyist Robotics Pages at the University of Massachusetts Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics.
This is a good place to start surfing.
CMU Robotics Club Home Page
Skip the executive names etc and scroll down until you see "Useful Pages For Robotics."
This will tell you several parts suppliers.
Robotics Home Page by Mark Dalton, is a good place for low budget robot searches.
Lego robot page gives links to 6.270 and related pages.

Stepping Motor Sites

Control of Stepping Motors, a tutorial,
by Douglas W. Jones, University of Iowa, Department of Computer Science.
Tom Porter's Home Page: includes standard 5 or 6 lead stepper, servo, and feedback motor control circuits
and C-code. From Ryerson Polytechnic University at the corner of Gerrard and Church street.
Stepper Motors: Using the original floppy disk drive for IBM-PCs and compatibles, the Tandon TM100,
by Ian Harries, Department of Computing, Imperial College.
Control Stepper Motors -- with Forth. Written by Skip Carter of Taygeta Scientific Inc., who is a software
and ocean technology consultant. The code can be downloaded from his large Forth library.
More on salvaged floppy steppers. Using the L293 chip (2 H-bridge drivers) connected to an
IBM PC parallel port. By Prashant Bhandary via Ian Harries.
Interface to a Stepper Motor. Notes for 27-450, by Scott MacKenzie at U. Guelph.
His home directory also interfaces to a dc motor, LCD panel, motion sensor, etc.
Using disk-drive motors, by Tomi Engdahl.

Local Carleton Sites

Patrick Wirth of Carleton's 1996 robot team. His project report and several useful designer links
are now on the web!
Carleton Robotics Club
Mike Getz works in Engineering and links to electronic sources, some of them hobby type.
Geoff Waddington's brief description of the robot project done by Virtual Ventures.
The main thing of interest to the project, is a picture of the '68HC11 board.

Motorola 68HC11 Sites

A good index to 68HC11 sources by Russ Hersch. Check here before looking at other sites.

68HC11 summary from Keven Dowling at CMU.
U of Alberta's Motorola information site. This is quite extensive and includes monitors,
c-compiliers and assemblers. However it is hard to find things.
Copy of the frequently asked questions about the 68HC11 in the Carleton Robotics Club FAQs.

Interactive C (i.c.) and Other Software

This describes a plethera of 68HC11 software. Check here before looking at other sites.

The source of Interactive C at MIT.
The revised Interactive C, as put out by Randy Sargent and Anne Newton.
SBASIC, an alternative software to interactive C.
Download an Interactive assembler/debugger
Here is the manual for a cross assemble for the written in C which can run on an 8088 on up.
The other files are in this directory

Sensors for the Robots

Sonar for the 6.270 robot
I am fairly sure this description is good for the sonar transducers.Cheap piezo pickup for acoustic guitars.
A few notes via Kevin Dowling on sensors and modifying the Polaroid kits for short ranges.
It also cites a directory in TI's URL which is dead and TI's site does not know the chip (SN28827) or application note numbers.

Hardware and Construction

Electronic Prototyping: Tips and Pitfalls from the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. They also have information about the PC mouse and other (convertable to robots) hardware in their Miscellaneous Project Information
Mikael Olofsson's Surfboard to a lot of electronics. Some commercial, some hobby.
An electronics cookbook ftp-site at the University of Alberta. Or try their internal FTP interface for Motorola software and the cookbook.

Suppliers of Books and Parts

Novasoft in Florida is a supplier of hobby robot type parts.

A.K. Peters sells robot books and parts kits,
particularly a Robot Sensor Book which covers a wide range sensor of theory.
Also a book on constructing homemade robots, Mobile Robots: Inspiration to Implementation.

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