October 4th and 5th we will be attending the Atlanta Maker Faire in downtown Decatur. There are two exhibits: Exhibition Area A will be in the large parking lot beside the Calloway Building and Exhibition Area B will be along both sides of N McDonough Street near Decatur High School. The best address to feed your GPS will be: 125 W Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030. That will put you at the parking deck right across the street from Exhibition Area A. The AUV team will be in Exhibition Area B at spot M85. Come by and see us. More information... Read Full Article

This season, after recommendation at the RoboSub competition, we will be using Podio, a non profit crm software to keep our files and projects together in one place. Read Full Article

On the first day we took in a lot of new information. We met many new teams and asked many questions, gathering valuable advice and information. We observed a few general trends that were rarely broken, as well as some interesting new concepts and designs. Since none of us had been to the TRANSDEC facility before, seeing it was also a great experience for all of us. Read Full Article

For each new competition season, the team elects new officials. The officials elected hold the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The president leads the team, and the vice president is second-in-command. The Secretary facilitates team communcation, manages a calendar of events, and logs team activities. The treasurer handles the finances of the team including purchase requests. This year, the elections happened on July 18th. Our Mechanical Team leader, Drew Geiman was elected to be President. Albert Cheng, who is part of our Electrical Team, was elected as Vice President. Our previous President, Bennett Stedwell was elected as treasurer.... Read Full Article

The team did this pool test on June 4th. In this test we used the new exoskeleton and camera enclosures. After testing, the team came back to the lab on the 6th to work on the sub. Read Full Article

Sometimes we need to work on things, that can not be done remotely, on our embedded systems; but that always required finding a spare monitor, retrieving the needed cables from the storage bin, and put everything back once we are finished. However we found that re-purposing an old computer case (while waiting for a raspi backup image to burn) can be a ‘neat’ way to ~~hide~~ remove cable clutter. The workstation is made from the case of a broken PC we had lying around. It contains one network cable, one HDMI to DVI cable, and a KVM switch hooked up to... Read Full Article

We would like to thank one of our sponsors. Portwell has donated a replacement embedded PC. A while back one of our embedded PC’s released the mysterious black smoke and would not boot again. We contacted Portwell, and they responded within the hour and had the new system shipped to us as soon as a new one came off the production line. They have been very friendly and helpful this entire time. Read Full Article

With the semester over and everyone done with finals, we have been meeting in the lab everyday to get work done. Needless to say, we have gotten a lot done. We finally figured out why our batteries weren’t charging, began building our depth sensing circuitry, and finalized many of our housings in SOLIDWORKS. Read Full Article

The majority of the semester the software team has been focused on developing our list of requirements and layout of the system. We have had many setbacks this semester; such as our laptop, which we do the majority of our work on, dying. Despite the setbacks, we ended up becoming ahead of schedule and we were able to develop the movement sub-system, which is ready for testing. Next semester we plan to develop and test the vision and control sub-systems. Read Full Article

Today we made a fair amount of progress, in a backwards kind of way. We were able run pressure simulations on our camera housing. That puts us back a few steps but we learned a few things and are headed in the right direction. Read Full Article

We showcased our progress at the 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire at Georgia Tech this year. This year we presented our upgraded thruster testing tank. We added thruster controllers and a cable and pulley system for attendees to find out how powerful a thruster is by pulling on the cable. We also used it to teach the concept of work to the younger attendees. We also had our embedded PC on display running a modified version of our path detecting code. This allowed us to explain the basic processes of developing code for vision based tasks. Read Full Article

After much testing and coding we can finaly unveil the new SPSU AUV Website. Our website, which is hosted by GitHub, is powered by Jekyll with help from Jekyll Bootstrap and the Twitter Bootstrap theme. Read Full Article