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.
- 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
Or try their internal
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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