Well, just sitting here at work on a saturday morning and really, really wanting to be gone out on the snow with the rest of my family. Yep, you heard right, they’re gone skidooing and left me to work, ugh…
But one thing that’s been crossing my mind all morning is about my research report project. I still need to figure out and learn exactly what signals and what kinds of signals the accelerometer and gyroscope require to operate (Enable?) and also what they output. Which brings me back to what I made notes on the other night, how does a Kalman Filter work, whch signals does it process/convert and how?
And beyond that, what signals does the microprocessor require to operate a set of speed controllers (only offset from eachother by a pot) and what (if any) signals does it need to send out to the gyro, accelerometer, and filter?
So, considering the complexity of all this (see above), this is probably a good time for me to see a mentor, since it’s required for me to do an interview anyway. I need to search myself what goes in and out of everything, in detail, and then go and ask how the hell it all works. Such as, what is a Kalman Filter, or an Angle Complementary Filter, or an Extended Kalman Filter? And how is that going to help the microprocessor function and control the ESC’s?
Well, beyond that maybe he can also help me plan the electronics layout for the SBPU (Self Balancing Propulsion Unit) which all needs to be started planning soon.
Which reminds me, that by the time next fall arrives, I need to have the base, motors, ESC’s and batteries set-up. And when all of that is finalized, test the power with weights and a remote-control system, to make sure it can preform like a real Segway (TM). Also, by that time I should have a proper name picked out for it, something similar to SBPU or such.
Well, after all of that brain-spewing about this project, I think I’ve got a slightly better handle on what I need to be doing, so hopefully tomorrow and Monday night I’ll get working on it and line up an interview sometime soon.
Note to self: the rough draft of first analysis due for Wednesday at 11am in meeting with Renee, start writing tomorrow night and researching signals for comparisons.
Well, that’s pretty much it for now, so I’ll be getting back to paying attention at work now, or looking out the window thinking about skidooing, lol.
Now to get through work, cook supper for me and Laura and then head out for Nicole’s birthday party. I hope nobody gets beat up tonight with the drama that’s been going on this week.
Anyway, enough for now, possibly I’ll update again soon.
PS: With everyone gone to the cabin tonight, me and Laura now get a night to ourselves! **insert evil laugh here**
Saturday, February 21, 2009 @ 1:55pm