|Surveyor Robotics Journal|
Wed, 24 Oct 2007
First photo of SRV-1 mobile robot with Blackfin controller
The first laser pointer brackets arrived yesterday, and were finally able to fully assemble a complete SRV-1 with the new controller. Everything works as expected, though there are a few loose ends - we are still waiting for the rear bracket that holds the antenna, we had to order a different connector for the motor board so that it doesn't short out against the rear bracket, we need to secure the front of the battery pack, and we need a better mechanism for securing the front of the processor/camera. Also, we have not yet started writing the setup documentation.
We did find one small issue - laser pointer reflections are outside the field-of-view of the camera with obstacles closer than 4". There is no easy way to lower the camera, but this could be fixed by raising the laser bracket with standoffs, though we will leave that modification to users. It is worth noting that the laser bracket is machined from delrin, and it provides a fairly substantial area for user customization, e.g. for mounting lights or additional sensors.
Our hope is to start shipping robots to next week. We have some old orders that need to be filled first, and then we will start working our way through the "reservation list". We will also start putting together some upgrade kits for existing SRV-1 users. If you already contacted us to reserve a slot or upgrade and don't hear anything by November 5, please send a reminder email to email@example.com.