We haven't posted much development news lately, but there are several significant projects that should soon see the light of day ...
onboard depth mapping for the SVS (stereo vision system) - we have a port in the works of Bob Mottram's Sentience stereo vision code to the SRV-1 Blackfin processors. this is a feature-based mapping approach that computes distances to various object features in the overlapping stereo cameras fields of view. the project is progressing nicely, and we hope to make a firmware update with this capability available soon.
GPS + compass + tilt + 8-channel A/D board - we have working prototypes of the new version with uBlox5 gps and new 3-axis Honeywell compass, with I2C interfaces to all onboard devices. once we have nailed down a production schedule for these modules, details will be posted. production prototype photos here (final pcb will be red):
optical flow - we have integrated some optical flow functions into the core SRV-1 firmware, and just need to create a graphical display of results and some functions in picoC to access the vector data. this should emerge in a few weeks in a firmware release.
autorun function for picoC - we have a tested version of code which enables the SRV-1 to launch directly into a picoC script from flash storage on system startup, and just need to generate a release version of firmware that includes this feature.
ruggedized robot base - Inertia Labs has developed several prototypes of larger SRV-1 robot bases with 4WD, planetary gearhead motors, shaft encoders, larger battery, etc. we don't have a production schedule or pricing yet, but these new bases look GREAT, and we look forward to getting them into production. here's a photo of the latest prototype with SVS and pan/tilt head:
"RoboGuard" is a project at Carnegie Mellon University using the SRV-1 Blackfin robot as a development platform for automation of security personnel personnel functions. A variety of sensors have been added to the base SRV-1, including:
The RCM has been priced at $175 ($157.50 to education customers). If interested in ordering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. As noted above, only 50 boards are currently available from this initial batch.
RoboRealm has been customized for the Surveyor robot controllers, and they have introduced a series of tutorials for the Surveyor robots and controllers called "Fun with Surveyor". The tutorials include keyboard driving, joystick driving, chasing a light, chasing a red ball, chasing movement, finding a target, and following lines.
Due in large part to the falling US dollar, we need to make a few pricing adjustments. Effective Monday, June 15, 2009, the following price changes will take effect:
SRV-1 Blackfin Robot - $495 (up from $475)
SRV-1 Blackfin Camera + Wifi - $350 (up from $325)
Other prices are unchanged (e.g. the SVS will remain at $550). If you already have a quote from Surveyor for a future order, your prices on that order will be unchanged. New orders received before Monday will receive old pricing, even if delivery is post-June 15. Also, academic discount rates remain unchanged. If you have any questions about pricing, please email email@example.com.