27 Jul

I have built the first prototype of a boat with rudder steering. This video shows the rudder steering in action. We ran the boat four times and obtained these results: When the rudder is straight, the boat goes (relatively) straight. When the rudder is tilted to the left, the boat veers to...

18 Jul

After completing the boat's electrical base, I began testing different paper chassis designs for driven propellers and paddlewheels. I used the dashboard joystick to control the motors wirelessly while noting each boat's performance. The paddlewheels use servos driven by the Adafruit Servo FeatherWi...

01 Jul

I set up the Adafruit Huzzah32 Feather Board with the FS90R continuous rotation servos (powered by an external power bank), the Adafruit NeoPixel FeatherWing, and the Adafruit 9-DOF Absolute Orientation IMU Fusion Breakout. In addition, I got the Roco library working locally on my computer and wil...

25 Jun

Dash I worked with the team of undergrads to develop this initial list of requirements for the dashboard. It's based on the kinds of experiments we plan to run and what kinds of data will be relevant. Of course, this is a preliminary list only, but I've specified that we will use modular design so...

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