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Championship presentations

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Championship presentations

At the Championship there were a number of presentations that we gave and they are posted here. They were: Vision in FIRST with Greg McKaskle and Brad Miller FRC Gazebo Presentation with Logan Tutt, Peter Mitrano and Justin Manzo Building and contributing to WPILib to WPILib with Brad Miller, Peter Johnson and Fred Silberberg Feel […]

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Import your own SolidWorks robot models into the simulator

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Import your own SolidWorks robot models into the simulator

With the help of a generous grant from SolidWorks, this past summer a WPI student was able to develop a plugin to export your robot models to a Gazebo compatible format. From there you can import the model into the simulator and run your WPILib C++ and Java code to operate the robot in simulation. The […]

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New features coming to 2016 RobotBuilder

Filed in 2016 Control System, C++, Java, RobotBuilder by on November 7, 2015 0 Comments
New features coming to 2016 RobotBuilder

RobotBuilder has seen a lot of improvements over the summer around ease of use. The big new features are: Parameterized commands. You can create a command (think set point command) that takes a parameter which is the PID set point. Then each time you want the arm, the elevator, or the shooter to move to […]

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New tool for C++ Programming with old cRIOs

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New tool for C++ Programming with old cRIOs

From Jeff Downs, mentor on FRC Team 1511, Rolling Thunder: If your team is like mine and has a bunch of old cRIOs laying around for prototyping use or installed on old robots to use for demonstrations and such, and you’ve been programming them using C++, you may have recently found yourself unable to program […]

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FRC 2015 Field Pictures

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FRC 2015 Field Pictures

To help teams see what a real field looks like in more detail, we are publishing a set of pictures featuring Kevin O’Connor, FIRST software engineer, that you can download of the FRC 2015 field as set up for the Kickoff filming. Feel free to download these images to help you verify your robot designs […]

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Sample Images for Vision projects

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Sample Images for Vision projects

Finding totes in this years game can be a challenge so to help you debug your robot programs and have images exactly like you’d see on a real field we have these photos of the field from the Manchester kickoff. It includes a number of sample images taken with an Axis camera, some at normal […]

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FRCSim robotics simulator new for 2015

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FRCSim robotics simulator new for 2015

WPI, in conjunction with the Open Source Robotics Foundation, has developed a free and open-source 3-D simulation environment available to all FRC teams using C++ and Java.  The FRCsim package is built on top of the Gazebo robotics simulator that has matured under DARPA funding. Using FRCSim, teams can develop and deploy C++ or Java WPILib robot programs to […]

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FRC 2168 OpenCV library for the roboRIO and BeagleBone processors

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FRC 2168 OpenCV library for the roboRIO and BeagleBone processors

OpenCV is the premier open source vision library and can be found in many commercial and research robots. From the OpenCV web site: “OpenCV is released under a BSD license and hence it’s free for both academic and commercial use. It has C++, C, Python and Java interfaces and supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS […]

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Presentation on 2015 control system

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Presentation on 2015 control system

Recently we did a couple of workshops on the 2015 FRC control system. There are some slides to go with the talk and they are published here. This describes all the main components of the control system hardware and software. 2015ControlSystem

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Robotics videos

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Some of the faculty of the WPI Robotics Engineering program have helped develop a series of videos aimed at helping you: learn more about robotics and provide some of the knowledge needed to design and build robots. You can watch all the videos or choose any single video to help you solve a particular problem […]

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