FRC team 5584. Est. 2014

 

 

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Robot turning circle maths

Many FRC robots make use of a tank drive - that is, all wheels on the left of the robot (the left wheelset) are mechanically linked to run at the same speed and driven by a single or cluser of two or more motors that are driven at the same power either by direct drive or via more often a gearbox. An identical arrangement is used to drive the wheels on the right of the robot (the right wheelset) .

The left and right wheelsets are controlled independently. If both wheelsets are driven at the same speed and direction then the robot travels in straight line forwards. If both
wheelsets are driven in the other direction then the robot travels in a straight line backwards. If the wheelsets are driven at different speeds and/or different directions then the robot will travle some form of curved path. Calcualting the radius of this curved path (or turining circle) for a tank drive robot is the topic of this article.

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NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Image Pipeline Development and Integration with FRC Robot

These notes describe how to set up, build and use an image pipeline generated using the GRIP program on an Nvidia Jetson TK1 development board. Instructions are included for the setup of the Jetson, construction of the pipeline code and integration with network tables libraries. The setup includes notes for a development "workbench" configuration as well as "robot configuration" where the JETSON is mounted on and powered by the onboard FRC robot battery.

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What is FIRST?

 

 

FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" is an organisation founded by inventor, Dean Kamen, in 1989. Established in New Hampshire USA, FIRST was designed to engage students aged 6 - 18 in science, technology, engineering and maths. Students who participate in the FIRST program work alongside industry mentors to gain workplace-ready skills. FIRST inspires students to be problem solvers, pursue careers in STEM-related fields and become the leaders and innovators of their generation. ICRobotics compete in FIRST Robotics Competition (for ages 14 - 18) - one of four programs that make up FIRST.