07 Aug

After struggling with the code from the Paper Bot cloned folder, we were able to successfully upload the code onto the ESP8266. Thanks to the generous help of Daniel Ferguson, there the code uploaded without any errors. Below I will include links and instructions for the Paper Bot usage with a Mac d...

07 Aug

User can generate drawings with the desired electrical design. Successfully parse the wiring information from ses file to array A little "hacky" way, not using any parsing package but going through string and looking for path section For ses file only A single script was created that...

05 Aug

We added tabs to the RoCo design so that the tape in previous boats will be replaced by mechanical connections. We also experimented with the settings on the Silhouette paper cutter and cut out half of one paddlewheel. In the next week we will construct a boat using the Silhouette Cameo to cut out...

05 Aug

I finished the boat assembly on RoCo, including the servo holders and all tabs, and have started trying to cut out a prototype using the paper cutter so we can see if the tabs are strong enough to hold the boat together and if the dimensions of the servo holders are correct. We had some problems fin...

01 Aug

These past couple of weeks I have been soldifying my understanding of what our goals for the Robotic Paper Boat project are. The overall goal for me is to create a GUI suitable for 5 year olds to design paper boats. But the main obstacle that can make or break this GUI is the widget that is implemen...

31 Jul

I am finally able to stream the position and orientation data from the OptiTrack Motive Tracker software into a python program on the ComputeSticks! Below is a video visualizing the demo given yesterday. Week6.mp4

31 Jul

After coming to the conclusion that copper tape was more conductive than aluminum film, we discovered that using the copper tape on thin plastic yielded better results than the copper tape on paper because the plastic is more durable than paper. We continued experimenting and through trial and error...

31 Jul

A python library dsnwritier was created to help users to do electrical design from python script. It contains simple functions to call to import drawing files (dxf/svg), to load footprint based on kicad_mod file, and to define netlist easily. Package Dependencies: pykicad numpy Cla...

29 Jul

We finished making the 3D boat structure in RoCo. It isn’t perfect because we temporarily hard coded the angles between the faces, but is good enough for the demonstration tomorrow. When we complete the rest of the boat we will go back to the boat structure and figure out the angles to widen the v...

29 Jul

For the paddlewheels, we have implemented the correct 2D template in RoCo, but we're still working on the correct construction for the 3D model. Currently the two sides of the wheel are oriented flat face to flat face, instead of flap to flap as desired. We also need to code in tabs to connect t...