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1 Programming Your Robot (in C) Terry Grant, NASA, Ames Research Center 1/23/03 1/30/03

2 Outline 1/23 –Robotics Hardware & Software Architecture –Programming in C Introduction 1/30 –Review: Robot Project Requirements & Example –Simple Sumo Contest - Simple line follow –Teacher as Coach –Wrap-up

3 Robot Building & Coding Completed LEGO robot from MLCAD –Ref: –Art of LEGO Design –http://handyboard.com/techdocs/artoflego.pdfhttp://handyboard.com/techdocs/artoflego.pdf Pictures and Code from the Workshop –http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/BBworkshop03http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/BBworkshop03 IC4 Environment downloads: –http://www.botball.org/about_botball/ic4.htmlhttp://www.botball.org/about_botball/ic4.html Hands-on Challenges Ref: –http://robotics.nasa.gov/students/challenge.htmhttp://robotics.nasa.gov/students/challenge.htm

4 Robotics H/W & S/W Architecture Interactive C v * Editor * Debug Interpreter * Loader Other Apps Desktop Operating System Desktop Hardware Bot Multi-tasking S/W Components Real-Time Operating System * P-code interpreter * Input/Output Drivers - Clock * Load/Run modes Handy Board or RCX H/W *Central Processor * Random Access Memory * Special I/O Circuits * Battery & Power Conditioner Serial Data Interface Charger (HB only) Lego Motors & Sensors Lego Mechanical IR for RCX*

5 Robot Project Requirements Hardware configuration and general environmental constraints Operator Requirements Controller requirements All Three Elements are needed and should be written down for a common team understanding

6 Team Strategy & Plans Translating a Challenge into Requirements –Robot physical capabilities –Robot behavior (high level code) –Operator – robot interaction Assigning tasks and milestones Writing a total schedule (initial and revised) –Plan to test capabilities & behavior –Plan for full robot tests & re-planning –Plan for team coordination meetings

7 Programming in C - Introduction IC4 provides an editing, compiling, and downloading environment for either RCX or Handy Board. Follows C syntax (grammar) Uses functions declared and called Many functions for Input/Output are preloaded in a library Good tutorial examples provided with the application Multi-tasking capability in O.S. –allows sampling & holding multiple conditions in parallel: position, direction, and other sensors

8 General Syntax declaring: output type Function(inputs e.g. int x, int y) {block of statements} calling: Function(x, y); types: int x, y, z; float a, b, c; all variables must have a declared type. –global types are defined at the top, outside of a function, and usable by all functions.

9 Simple Example Make a Robot Go Forward and Return –H/W & Environment: Build a bot with the RCX, wired to motors such that forward power moves wheels forward, and put on a demonstration table with enough flat surface –Operator: Write the code, load the RCX, and initiate the execution (running) of the code –The controller: Turn on the motors forward, wait 2 seconds, reverse the motors, wait 2 seconds, then stop.

10 Simple Code Example IC4 void main() { fd(A); fd(C); sleep(2.0); bk(A); bk(C); sleep(2.0); off(A); off(C); } Open Interactive C to view the actual environment & write code

11 More Basics Three modes: off, standby, run Use of view button function w/o running a program Use of Interaction window in IC4 –battery_volts() to check battery –Test new functions for I/O, Check list of library functions, global variables Download firmware Upload Arrays for spread-sheet analysis Edit aids –Auto-indentation –Parenthesis matching –Syntax checking (on download) Use of save as to file new, or trial code

12 Notation of IC 4 IC notation is the same for RCX & HB if ("condition") { "statements" } else { "statements" } while ("condition") { "statements" }

13 Notation of IC4 -2 Defining a function or task: xxx name() { "statements" } xxx = void if no return variables = int if integer return variables = float if floating point return variables

14 Notation of IC4 - 3 Starting and ending parallel tasks: pid = start_process(taskname()); kill_process(pid);

15 Notation of IC4 - 4 Inputs for RCX - light(y) for y = 1,2, or 3 - light_passive(y) - digital(y) or touch(y)

16 Notation of IC4 - 5 IC Outputs Motor outputs, ports 1 to 3 (or A to C) To use port 1: fd(1); forward, positive voltage bk(1); backward, negative voltage Motor(1, x); x = -100 to 100 off(1); leave port open brake(1); for the RCX only, to brake the motor

17 Notation of IC4 - 6 To display on Controller LCD e.g. printf(Hello\n); printf(X= %d\n, x); /* x is an integer */ printf(X= %f\n, y); /* y is floating point */ printf(%d -%d\n, a, b); /* a & b are integers */ In the RCX only five characters total can be displayed, and \n is not needed.

18 Sumo Example

19 Sumo Requirements Robots start facing each other at the edge of a central ring. Robots must start when a button is pushed or the light comes on. Robots must stop after T (5-15) seconds. The first robot to touch the barrier (or cross line) loses. Bot 1Bot 2 4 x 4 barrier Starting Light

20 Light Sensor Sensor includes a LED source: red & near IR. Photodetector responds strongly to near IR as well as red. [lower = more] Response changes according to ambient light & Battery voltage. Mounting assembly attaches to front bumper facing down as shown in the cover picture.

21 Simple Sumo Behavior Display program title Wait for prgm_button push, then beep Wait 3 seconds to start Go straight forward –while T not exceeded, Stop quickly and turn if line is sensed Back away & turn if bumped –When T exceeded brake to a stop

22 Simple Sumo code // LEGO-based Sumo #6 for widetrack bot tlg 1/20/03 // assumes front bumper on port 3, light sensor on 2, motors on A & C // start 3 seconds after prgm button push #define TURN_TIME 0.45 #define THRES 750 /* assumes nominal white is ~ 720 */ void main() { long time; printf("SUMo6"); while(!prgm_button()); beep(); sleep(3.); // wait 3 seconds time =mseconds(); //beep();

23 Simple Sumo code – contd motor(A,30); motor(C,30);// start straight ahead while(15000L > (mseconds()-time)){ //run time if(light(2)>THRES){ //wait for edge brake(A);brake(C);sleep(.05); //quick stop motor(C,-45);off(A); //turn sleep(TURN_TIME); motor(A,30); motor(C,30); sleep(.2); } if(digital(3)){//back away and turn if bumped motor(A,-30);motor(C,-30);sleep(.2); brake(A); sleep(TURN_TIME); motor(A,30); motor(C,30); sleep(.2); } brake(A); brake(C); }

24 Light Trigger Calibration Hardware & Environment –L1 is the remote trigger light. –L2 is the room lighting. –Pd photodetector has a wide field of view. The Controller display helps the operator measure both the dark and light response. The controller [RCX code] sets the light vs. dark threshold and waits for the threshold to be exceeded to trigger the action.

25 Sumo - Sensor Test Project To support a robot sumo contest with a light start, design a robust light trigger for a sumo wrestling action which runs the motors for 5 seconds after a light is turned on. –Discuss all requirements (total group) –Write a code design for each Bot. –Write and debug the code Participate in a Bot Sumo contest Compare trigger and behavior designs and results

26 Sumo - Sensor Test Behavior e.g. Display program title [for a few seconds] Repeat sequence while program is running While prgm_button is not pushed, –Display sensor level and –Prompt for prgm_button push –While view_button is pushed, display and increment the trigger threshold When prgm_button is pushed, –Display sensor level –Wait for sensor level to cross the trigger threshold, then go forward, etc as original sumo - measuring run time When T is exceeded: stop, –display done for a few seconds Repeat

27 Line Following Experiments

28 Simple, one sensor Line turns to the right Check sensor responses first Use touch sensor to start & stop

29 Checking sensor first while(digital(1)==0){ // check sensor until switch is hit printf("%d", light(2)); //move on and off line here sleep(.3); } while(digital(1)==1); // wait here to release switch

30 Follow line until touch sensor hit // follow line to the right motor(A,30); motor(C,30); // start going straight while (digital(1)==0) { // until switch is hit if (light(2) < THRESHOLD) { // if brighter than line motor(C,-30);off(A); // turn right while (light(2) = motor(A,30); motor(C,30); // go straight } ao(); // turn off motors when done


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