|Surveyor Robotics Journal|
Fri, 25 Jun 2010
Surveyor SRV-1 Blackfin Robot on CNN
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Sat, 19 Jun 2010
BSM RoboCupRescue in Singapore
We are receiving daily reports from the Benilde-St Margaret's RoboCup team as they prepare for RoboCupJr Search competition at the 2010 RoboCup championships in Singapore.
Benilde-St Margaret's Advanced Competitive Science (BSM ACS) team has been one of the SRV-1 Blackfin's most active developers, originating the SRV-RCM expansion board, helping in development of labview-srv console for LabVIEW and extending the definition of robot functions supported in SRV-1 picoC.
BSM ACS is the sole US team competing against 26 other teams representing Japan, Germany, Thailand, Iran and others. The team is maintaining an active blog during their trip - make certain to follow their progress and wish them well at acsatbsm.wordpress.com
Tue, 15 Jun 2010
First SRV1Console images from SRV-1 Blackfin Linux
We just captured first images from simple srv1 server application running on the Blackfin uclinux port. There's some corrupted frames due to character post-processing on the stdio console that we haven't been able to completely clear, but 50% of the frames are getting through intact. Here's a sample. Apologies for picture quality - lots of reflections from the afternoon sun:
Once the console issue is resolved, the next tasks are adding support for OV7725 (this was taken via OV9655), bumping the baud rate to work at full speed with the Matchport, and then porting various robot controls to our SRV_protocol, SRV_httpd and picoC interfaces. Lots to do, but this was an encouraging first step.
Sun, 13 Jun 2010
SRV-1 / SVS Blackfin Linux
We're making a push to bring our Linux support on the SRV-1 / SVS up to date. Details are found here -
The basic plan is to migrate all of the SRV_protocol, SRV_httpd, and picoC capabilities to run under uClinux, thereby maintaining compatibility with our various Java consoles, labview-srv, Roborealm, etc. The main issue will be adding 2500kbps communication via the Matchport, but we think we have a mechanism to handle this, as the kernel now supports hardware flow control that is required by the Matchport. This project is a top priority and we hope to make significant progress in the upcoming weeks.