Google 20 Blog

Blog Entry #1

October 2, 2015 A.D.

Google 20 is a program(not a computer program) that is meant to allow employees to use 20% of their time to do whatever they think will bennifit the company most. Me and my Partner Yohannes will use the hummingbird robotics kits to build a robot, that has an automatic obstacle avoidance program. It will use wheels and go until it detects an obstacle in its path at which point it will rotate to avoid the obstacle. We may also have a remote system on it and be able to swithch modes. That would be awesome, and it would be similare to an autopilot sytem. I chose this because I am interested in programming machines to do things, because this is very practical and very cool. I hope I will learn how to do this with other kits and be able to freely build and program robots with a few parts. I need to know how the Hummingbird kit works, the basic design and mostly how to link the coded signals to actual functions. I will learn this by trial and error, looking online and getting help from Mr. Davis. Learning how to do this.

Blog Entry #2

October 11, 2015 A.D.

Today I did some research on how to wire in different components of a robot. It seemed pretty self explanitory and I should be able to do it without too much trouble. I also found out how to launch the hummingbird scratch editor and how the humming bird blocks work and what values they use.

Blog Entry #3

October 16, 2015 A.D.

Did more research, learned to connect my ownpower source, such as a battery, I connect it to the motor power port. Note: Power cannot exceed 8V. I know how to wire the Hummingbird kits fairly well, and I may begin think up a specific design and or experimenting.

Blog Entry #4

October 23, 2015 A.D.

I tried actually taking some parts and assembling, I originally wanter either tracks or at least 4 wheels, and there are only 2 rotation motor ports, therefore I will need to figure out how to build a wheel of some kind out of vibration motors, or just settle without 4-wheel drive. I also did some thinking about my original plan. I have a light sensor, a distance sensor, and some rotary sensors, due to the fact that I want to be able to have steering, I may need to use a rotation motor for that, and figure out a different way of making wheels, because, as I said, even if I could get more rotation motors, I only have 2 ports for those...problems.

Blog Entry #5

October 30, 2015 A.D.

I can't figure out how to use the rotary sensors, and I can't find anything about them, I need to start programming and will try to finish me bot soon, also, I need a method of steering, so I think I can use one rotation motor and maybe connectit to two wheels, then use the other for steering.

Blog Entry #6

December 4, 2015 A.D.

My rotory sensor works, the vibration motor works, but the rotation motors don't, which is very problematic. I will keep trying, but I think I need the help of the great Davis. This sucks, and goodnight America.

Blog Entry #7

December 11, 2015 A.D.

I tried yet again to get my rotation motor to work without any luck, seriously making me angry. I will ask david for help next week because I can't figure out the problem.