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Complexly simple line-following

Think of a fork in a line, how would you identify the two sides? If you thought about splitting the line into two parts then saying ‘left’ and ‘right’ line then you thought about it like me. Interestingly when implimenting this onto my robot (probably inefficiently) using opencv and python3 this wasn’t my most succesful […]

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RE-Design to the chasis

Having been using the same chasis for around 7-months I now have enough experience to decide on changes to it. The first thing I had issues with was the axels on my motors snapping this I originally fixed by thickening them using washers. The issue I then had after this was the support beams connecting […]

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Camera for line following

For line following this year I am using the RPi camera with OpenCV. For this I needed 2 things NumPy and OpenCV I installed these like this: The code above is the basics for using a raspberry pi camera with OpenCV, it basically imports the camera software, numpy, OpenCV and the time library it also […]

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Control

This year for PiWars I will be using the SN30 pro+ controling a simple differential drive run of the Polulu G2 high power motor driver. Both of these have really easy python interface. Here is how I did it: First of I installed approxeng (The interface to the controller) like this: And then I installed […]

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What do I have right now?

As I am entering PiWars this year with the same base chasis as last year I have a large starting point. However I am planning on making some small hardware changes from last year. At this point in time I’m using a four cell lipo giving me no lack of power which may not be […]

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Plans for PiWars this year.

RedBrick is a tracked, raspberry pi based robot running python all within a kids toy. This year the challenges for PiWars are: –Feed the Fish For which I will design motar most likely based of the ww2 era German Howitzer. – Tidy up the Toys For which I will most likely I shall be using […]