Nathan's Blog – April 2011 Archive (3)

More details on Minuteman

GPS vs. Dead Reckoning
So, I decided to try the bare minimum first, then add complexity as needed. It turned out that dead-reckoning worked pretty well. With some refinements, I think it will work REALLY well. Also I came to the conclusion that heavy reliance on GPS will doom any bot to slow speeds. The…

Added by Nathan on April 28, 2011 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

Sparkfun AVC summary from Minuteman--LONG

Minuteman in the pits


Lining up for the final heat





Added by Nathan on April 25, 2011 at 9:00pm — 8 Comments

Team Minuteman: Sparkfun AVC ground vehicle--Ardupilot-based

I will be competing in the Sparkfun AVC competition this year using Ardupilot hardware in a ground vehicle. My car is called Minuteman, and works on simple dead reckoning. It uses Ardupilot hardware, with an optical encoder and a gyro as the only sensors. No GPS, no compass, no proximity sensors. Testing has been really simplified by using the ardupilot, because…


Added by Nathan on April 20, 2011 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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