My new 2014 3kg sumo robot: EL-Chapo

By , May 18, 2014 6:21 pm

Some of you know that I really love building robot. I learn alot with sumo robot. I have been building 500 gram and 3Kg sumo robot in the pass and learn many things regarding electronics, software and mechanic.

For those who aren’t familiar with sumo robots, those robot are autonomous and find the oponnent to push him out of a ring. The ring is black and has this white boarder. The robot can detect the white border and know that it should back away or else it falls out.

3kg sumo competition

This is my very first sumo robot. That was in 2006. Has you can see, lipo battery where rare. :) My motors and electronics (PIC microcontroller) where on the same power source. During a head to head match, the robot reset due to votlage drop on the 5V! The PIC reset and went into a “wait for press of push button” mode. I learn that you need two separate power supply, one for the electronics and one for the motors. These days, I have a better power supply so I use a single battery.

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The winner of the competition told his secret. They told us that the secret is “battery – motor“, simple has that. I then when and made a new robot call Rhino for the 2007 competition. It use a 12$ cordless drill motors.

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3kg sumo robot rhino

New wheels because the old blue tear up 1 day before the competition.

The last competition I attended was in 2007. We are in 2014, there is a lot of things that change in  7 years. Exceptionally my skills! I have learn to use Solidworks and when throught University.

Febuary 28, 2014 I get a email of a competitor back in 2007 informing me that there is a sumo competition in 1 month, march 1st. I thought if I could make a complet sumo robot in 4 weeks. I said yes. I did everything in Solidworks first. The first 2 weeks has design iteration, ideas, etc. I knew that I was going to use a 3D printer to print the chassis, so that help a lot for the design. The next 2 weeks was fabrication.  Lucky me, we have a nice workshop at work. I present to you El-Chapo!

3Kg sumo robot El-Chapo

I was reading the news and saw this drug lord get caught by police at the end of febuary. I said that is a cool name!

I won first place! I did not even have white line detection.  Here are the highlight of my robot

Here is the complet 75 match

WHAT’S UP INTERNET!!!!!!!

By , June 5, 2012 8:29 pm

Hey! What’s up!?!!

Here is my latest project in collaboration with a friend in Calgary, Alberta.

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27cKgrcAoGQ

Here is the instructables, it for the 3D printer contest! Please vote for me!!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Horizontal-gyroscope-stabilization-camera-system/

I will be filming a drifting session with a friend with is M3! That will be sick!
Now I need to work on a version for Ken Block !

what about me? Well, I sort of finish school in Dec 2011. I found a pretty sick job in RnD!! I will talk about it later in a other post.

Electric skateboard?

By , September 18, 2011 9:42 pm

Like you probably know, I was doing a intern this summer. My good friend Rudy, did a intern at this place where they play with electric vehicle and other cool stuff.  Toward the end of his intern he told me that the company was moving so there where throwing stuff out. He send me pictures of what they where getting rid of! After seen the picture I had a OMG face! He told me that he will give me those things if I would trade something. That something is a video of school projet he did back in 2009. He build a musical Tesla coil and we had 4 feet long fluorescent lamp on the desk, connected to nothing, that was lighting up. So yes we did trade and I got what I wanted!

Here it is:

electric skate board

Yes I also got this ZAP electric belt driven scooter. It has inflatable wheels.

electric skateboardIt looks like an Altered electric skate board http://www.alteredelectricskateboards.com/boards.htm. A cheaper version.

electric skateboard

electric skateboard motor system

electric skateboard motor system close up size comparaisonIt’s probably a 200 to 300W motor. Or it could be 600W, I am pretty sure it’s 600W.  Here is the china version of it 
http://fangda.en.hisupplier.com/product-6295-Electric-Skateboards.html

electric skateboard motor size comparaison

Like you probably imagine, I already started to make it apart.

It is in a very good shape. The problem is, the remote control. It use a wireless remote control! I don’t have it and Rudy was not able to find it.  No a problem right. I did try some reverse engineering to see if I could directly send signal to the motor controller. Not really. The controller does not receive a simple analog signal. I took the controller apart and saw a microcontroller under the thick black epoxy. I guest it receive serial data from the RF receiver. OR it’s simply broken!
My first idea is to design and build my own electronics using a Wii remote control! It’s a DC motor, should not be that hard!

After some searching, there is a couple of skateboard company

http://www.e-glide.com/
http://www.rokitscience.co.uk/
http://www.alteredelectricskateboards.com/
http://www.2c-boards.de/
http://www.elektroskate.co.uk/ (My antivirus tells me not to go there)
http://www.mo-bo.de/

Got a helmet!

By , September 13, 2011 7:22 am

Today is my birthday and I got a super cool helmet from my girlfriend! She loves what I do but wants me to ride safe! :P

helmet for head trauma

I don’t know if you guys recall hackaday post entitle “1480W scooter motor guarantees head trauma“?  There was a pretty intense debate on helmet use! 79 comments in total! Charles from MIT also had is word on the use of helmet. He also has more crazy rolling device but does not wear a helmet.

I was able to stick my GoPRO on it. I had my GoPRO for more then 1 year now. Very useful and great video quality.  I do have a lot of videos of the scooter but did not edit them. Working on it. I am right now working on something else… look at the picture and tell me what you see…

My last internship

By , August 15, 2011 9:00 pm

Can you guest where is my last internship?

Here is a clue.

Yes, that’s me doing the robot in the middle!

Btw, my last internship day is friday!! After that it’s scooter and robot sumo time! I also have an important final years engineering project that has to be done before class start at the end of this month. Well, the project ends in December but we did I work hard this summer. There is one last important thing to be done. No worries, I will have tons of info coming in a few months.

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