Hey everyone, hope you’ve all enjoyed your week, I’ve finished up with my programs and other things for the year so now I have the next 2 weeks off. It might be a bit hectic with Christmas and New Years but I should have some time to work on King of Shadows in between.
Now you might remember last update I said I’d be going a bit more into depth about what I did in the training program I’ve been so busy with over the past few weeks, so I’ll be going over that now.
The main theme of the training program was solving problems in agriculture. The first week was individually coming up with our own ideas and concepts, as well as introducing us to building and programming the Lego Mindstorms robots. My concept was a watering drone that would drive through a greenhouse or field, check the soil with a moisture sensor and spray water on plants that needed it. I represented this in the Lego Mindstorms robot with a slightly modified version of the base build.
Essentially the robot would drive forward until the colour sensor detected green (substituted for a plant that needed watering), at which point it would stop, lower an arm to symbolise the plant being watered, then raising it and continuing on its path.
The second week we were put into pairs to create battle bots, which would try to push each other out of an arena. Ours was a decent enough concept with a huge battering ram and the code was sound, however in the end the battering ram was just too heavy for the machine to raise it back up, which caused it to get stuck and easily pushed off.
For the latter part of the second week and the final week we were put into teams. My team’s concept was an automated mobile crane that would drive forward until the sensors on either side detected an object, at which point it would stop to pick the object up and deposit it into a bucket before continue it on its path.
The program was a lot of fun and I enjoyed working and chatting with some of the other people there. There were some challenges along the way but I’ve been able to gain some skill learning new software and looking at some of the different methods of achieving a desired result in terms of programming the robots. Here’s hoping it helps get me to find a job suitable for my skill set.
Anyway, I’ve blabbed on enough about it long enough. So, back to King of Shadows. I didn’t really get much done on it this week so I’ll share some art I’ve been working on.
Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all enjoy your week and I’ll see you in the next update.