Calibrate Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joey   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 21:16

UPDATED 10/17/2009 at 10:37pm  - Revised code to remove use of Mini-Blocks 

This is our Cougar Calibrate program.  It is set up to use the light sensor on port 1.

  1. Start the program.
  2. Move your robot around until the light sensor is reading the lowest value you can easily find on the field (darkest spot).
  3. Press the left button.
  4. Suddenly it will be reading 0 for that dark value.
  5. Move the robot around until the light sensor is reading the brightest value you can find.
  6. Press the right button.
  7. Suddenly it will be reading about 100 for that light value.
  8. Move the robot around checking to see that the light values are ranging from 0 to 100.
  9. Stop the program.
  10. Do not run it again unless you want to recalibrate again.  The first step of the program resets the light sensor calibration.

 

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Download this file (Cougar Calibrate.rbt)Cougar Calibrate.rbt[Calibrate Light Sensor 1 for min and max values]1078 Kb17/10/09 21:36
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 October 2009 22:05
 
Magnets for your Robots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Monday, 19 October 2009 19:34

Several teams have asked us about our use of magnets.  We used magnets extensively in the Power Puzzle and a fair bit in Climate Connections.  We will probably use them again this year.  Here are the parts we use complete with links to  them on Bricklink.

The Magnets themselves are LEGO Part # 73092 -> http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?q=73092

The magnet holder we use most often is Part # 2607 -> http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?q=2607 

Some other magnet holders we have and have occasionally used are Part # 2609 -> http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?q=2609

and Part # 30159 -> http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?q=30159

 
Bluetooth USB Adapters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2009 21:57

The Lego Mindstorms support page lists several Bluetooth devices that are supposed to be compatible, however, that was with Windows XP. Some of the devices have bad reviews when it comes to installing and working with Vista. The Belkin F8T013 does seem to have good reviews with Vista. The Abe UB22S is the one that Lego sells.  Local sources don't stock much and the ones they "Ship to Store" (i.e. WalMart sells the Cables-To-Go device) have reports that they are not compatible with Vista. Buyers would be well advised to do some research on the web before buying anything.

Here is the link to the Lego Bluetooth compatible devices: http://mindstorms.lego.com/overview/Bluetooth.aspx.

I will try to get some screen shots of the steps to set up Bluetooth in the MindStorms program. If anyone has anything already - please send it for me to add.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:36
 
Do you use NXT-G or Robotlab? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Diamond   
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 19:00

Do the Cougars use NXT-G or Robolab?

We're using NXT-G 2.1 with the addition of some standard sub-routines and the legacy integer math blocks and the legacy mini-blocks.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 September 2010 14:51
 
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