Milestone 1 almost done!

One step at a time we are getting closer and closer to our first milestone!

Help is coming from all around, people are being extremely kind and generous. With their help, encoder mounts areĀ completed and our robot is almost ready for it’s first steps šŸ™‚

Lagerton provided us with some high quality bearings while 3D-caddit was kind enough to donate us with the material for MakerBot printer. PolitehnikaĀ (a school where two of our teammates currently go to and where another one used to go) allowed us to use their machines for mechanical production as well as the necessary material. All of them were very quick to respond and pleasant to communicate with, so on this occasion we’d like to thank themĀ a lot for everything!

It’s a bit hard to share our progress with the software, so we’ll just share the photos of the encoder mounts we made, and hopefully in several days you’ll be able to check back for a video of our first run.

We hope you like it!

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MikroE About Us

A small robot explored the surface of our dining hall today. While the two-wheeler rolled around, we had a chat with the team of students that designed and constructed it for the purposes of the national Eurobot competition.

The constructors, Stefan, Gavrilo, Damjan and another Stefan (along with Lazar, Milos, Vlada and Rade who couldn’t make it to our meeting) are members of Petnica’s applied physics and electronics lab. Since we made acommitment to support the lab, we supplied the team with important components and compiler licenses. Among others, their Eurobot competition robot has two proximity clicks and two STM MINI boards inside of it, and the software that governs it was written mostly in mikroC.

Gavrilo from the team explains how the robot competition works:

“The robots must be completely autonomous, no remote controls allowed. Two robots at a time face off each other in a match. The two robots run through a course performing a set of tasks for points: moving around objects from point A to point B, picking mock fruits while avoiding poisonous ones based on colors, and so on. Many participating robots duel each other in this way, and at the end of the tournament the winning robot is determined by the total sum of accumulated points from all the matches.”

Competitions like these drive innovation and help bring about a new generation of engineers who will make tomorrows’ robots smarter. Eventually, Gavrilo, Damjan, Stefan and Stefan will move on from constructing small competition robots to making their bigger cousins that assemble cars or explore Mars.

For starters though, the team hopes to win first place at next years’ national Eurobot, so they could qualify for the final international tournament in Europe (This years’ competition was their Eurobot debut). So what did they learn from this years’ experience that will help them improve for 2015?

Stefan said that after many sleepless nights spent preparing for the competition, they learned much and they’re a better team now. Their biggest challenge was to successfully combine all the different functionalities into a single robot that functions smoothly. Because every team member has his own field of expertize, it’s hard to bring all these divergent skills together to focus them on a single goal. But at the end, they all benefit from it.

We agree with that. Diversity breeds innovation. That’s why MikroElektronika supports so many architectures and programming languages, gathering a variety of developers with different approaches and outlooks on Libstock.

Yours sincerely,
MikroElektronika