The economic meltdown is now affecting us. We have a small development
contract for a Power Over Ethernet system, and have been working full
time on it for the last two months. When the customer was late making
their Jan 15 payment, and there was no response to emails, we eventually
learned that several employees (including the manager of our project) had
been fired (thanks for telling us!) and they were "analyzing"
the POE project. So they are now trying to weasel out of paying for work
delivered, as specified in the written and signed (by the company
president) contract. What's doubly annoying is the lack of communication.
Now they won't even return calls or emails. Sigh.
We are trimming all needless expenses here, such as our Fax line (which
received 95% SPAM anyway), so 801-534-1019
will go dead on Feb 19. We
have the Internet now... faxes seem so 1970's, don't they?
But I digress - TrackBot code
was the subject of this message.
Starting today we are back on it.
We are having difficulty getting a "clean enough" signal from
the motor tachometer circuit. If we can't get that working acceptably
really soon we will set it aside for the moment and focus on the
Beaconing and Spatial Awareness aspects of the IR sensors. This is what
will give TrackBot smart swarm capability. Our hope is to have something
working in Feb with a new release for your downloading pleasure as soon
as possible after that.
We have purchased several new battery chargers and analyzers and have
learned more than we wanted to about NiMH cells. We now have a process in
place to more quickly and precisely weed out sub-par cells from the
battery packs we build for TrackBot. And we can test and plot the actual
performance of individual cells or an entire pack, even with it installed
We attended the Mobile and Embedded conference in Santa Clara and gave a
Swarm of Brian update there.
Brian has started writing a Swarm simulator in Greenfoot
his instructions in the Weekly Report of 2/9 and check out the code from
SVN and let us know what you think in the SOB user list
for which you need a java.net
account and membership in that mail list).
Thank you for using TrackBot. Let us know what you are doing with it and
what we should be adding to the platform.
Real embedded Java and much more
+1-801-534-1017 Salt Lake City, USA