Welcome back to this week’s update! A big part of robotics is making sure we have strong computer programming. There are two areas we are focused on in regards to the programming this year. First, we have been looking into building a new computer to help support our team’s programming needs. The new computer would be used for CAD (Computer-Aided Design), video editing, and general programming. Drew Labrie and Sean Lessard have been working with our team mentor, Chad Boucher, to order the key software and hardware elements needed to have a fast computer with enough computing power to serve our needs.
Recently the programming team (Owen Morris, Sean Lessard, Drew Labrie, Evan Boucher and Andrew Fay) have been doing a lot of work with coding the robot in order for it to complete the tasks required in the competition. Using a laptop computer they send commands to a small computer called RoboRIO, which is located on the robot itself. The RoboRIO allows the programmer to upload code that controls the motors and interprets information provided by sensors on the robot. The foundation for the code was created by professors at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), but the programming team must customize the code to fit our robot’s design. In order for the robot to function effectively, the build team must establish the design of the robot and the programming team develops the code to control the parts that move.
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