Monday, December 13, 2004

Weekly Goals

Goals for this week, before we leave on break.
  • Figure out what we need to build our shanty in the barn
    • Wire
    • Plastic
  • Work on the Geo's braking
    • Greg has some ideas and hardware to improve the current setup
  • Get the packet of cars from eBay to Dr. Palmer by Wednesday
  • Chris is working on RS232 output for the Ethernut
  • Need to implement heartbeat between the Ethernut and computers
  • Tay is writing an abstraction interface
  • Matt almost has the remote contorller done

Monday, December 06, 2004

Monday meeting notes

Completed items from last week
  • Worked on I2c with the ethernut
  • Checked out OpenCV; Intel open source image analysis program
  • UI for visualizing GPS waypoints
  • Edge detection analysis program is working well
  • Working on making the mapping with WorldView
Other notes
We neede to decide on a vehicle before Wednesday of next week. Greg will get on finding some cheap Explorers (2003+) by then.

Goals for the week:
  • Research vision
  • Mailman
  • Parsing the RDDF file
Computer Engineering
  • Solidify design of the communication networ
  • Breakup pieces of design to give to other team members
Other goals
  • Send out the sponsorship thing on sponsorwise to other companies

Friday, December 03, 2004


At today's meeting we went over the stuff that Mark had prepared for submitting to Enterprise via We're going to pay the $50 to submit it, which allows us to submit our proposal to as many companies on sponsorwise as we want. We figure that we'll tailor it to the ones that we think apply (Ace Hardware, Gateway, Toyota, etc.) and then just blast a generic one to others.

Ken (MechE freshman) told us that he came up with some designs for hard disk shock mounting. He's going to work on it with Greg and at the team meeting.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Wednesday meeting

We discussed a few algorithms for long-range pathfinding and what sort of maps we might use. We don't want to delve too much into maps, but some simple topographical maps would be useful for avoiding cliffs before we even reach them.

We also discussed a bunch of sponsorship things, what we want to offer to potential sponsors, how mcuh we're looking to raise and such.


Our gallery is up again at and I'll move the old pictures over to it later this evening.