Team 5 - __C0RND0G_0x1A4

The Trashmasters.

Team Members:

Frederick Donkeyman



Alex Hattori

Jared DiCarlo

Jamison Go


Day 1 - Introduction to MASLAB - (Monday, January 9th, 2017)

We found the room and looked at the parts.

Jared sat at a table by himself.

Day 2 - The Kit Bot - (Tuesday, January 10th, 2017)

We found the room and looked at the parts.

Alex stood by a table by himself, working on the kitbot. Unfortunately, the laser cutter was sad so progress was slow.

Jared started work on a framework for our code, which will be written in C++.

Jamison is working on 3D printing.

Day 3 - The Intake - (Wednesday, January 11th, 2017)

We found the room and began work on assembling the kitbot and prototyping the intake and base/drive system. The intake prototype is promising - it picks up cubes well and cans of Arizona even better.

Alex sat by the fume extractor by himself, assembling and wiring the kitbot and prototypes.

Jamison is working on 3D printing.

Jared is working on recognizing cubes with the webcam and a controller for our drive system.

Alex and Jared are working on the design of some new mechanisms to manipulate the cubes inside the robot.

Day 4 - The Tower - (Thursday, January 12th, 2017)

We found the room and began work on designing the tower that will hold our cubes and the mechanism that will release them.

Alex worked on completing the wiring for the kit bot and designing parts for the final robot. He improved the intake prototype.

Jared worked on connecting the Teensy to the NUC. Instead of using ROS, we decided to use LCM to send data between the python code that uses the TAMProxy-pyHost library and the C++ code that does our computer vision.

Jamixon is working on 3D printing, which is really starting to come along.

Day 5 - A Slow Day - (Friday, January 13th, 2017)

Today was a slow day. Our prototype tower from yesterday had a few problems, so Alex has made some improvements.

Jared continues to work on software.

Jamison ran into an issue with 3D printing, but he was able to resolve it before the end of the day.

Day 6 - 16 days until the competition (Tuesday, January 17th, 2017)

Alex worked on assembling a prototype of the elevator system, the missing component needed to move cubes from the intake to the stacks.

Jared kept working on software and finally got feedback control working on the drive motors. There is an unresolved bug where the motor controller does not behave exactly as expected sometimes. Once this is worked out, we should be able to drive in a square.

Jamison is getting a lot done with 3D printing, an essential part of our robot.

Day ?? - ?? days until the competition (Friday, January 20th, 2017)

Alex is working on a new prototype for the elevator that uses rollers to deliver cubes to the stacks. Hopefully this elevator will be simplier than some of our previous plans for the elevator. The sorting mechanism is also coming along well.

Jared had some issues with the Teensy micrcocontroller that eventually ended in the Teensy becoming unresponsive. After replacing the Teensy, all of our previous software problems went away and the robot starting behaving better, making software development go much faster.


Wow! Time has gone quickly.

Alex is working on putting together the final robot - the last parts we need for the elevator should show up tomorrow and we'll hopefully be able to test the full cube stacking sequence soon.

Jared is working on integrating the sensors to help us avoid walls and steer toward cubes - our main strategy.

Jamison's 3D printing project is getting close to completion. We can't wait to see what he's been working on.


Alex finished cube shooter and added rear deflector shield. Squidward's nose broke so we replaced it with ZHips. Robot works great.

Jared worked on mounting electronics and optimized vision processing.

We consulted Jamison on 3d printing techinques and flextures.

Feb 1st