2019:Controls

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Overall Concept

Controls drawing overall.jpeg   Controls drawing side.jpeg

  • Apollo mission control look. See https://imgur.com/gallery/HIAW6. Concepts sketched out in the Controls notebook.
    • A rotary phone dial needs to be included.
    • Could include a dial counter for match time remainng, similar to https://www.indiamart.com/proddetail/electrical-counter-3385933755.html
    • Need the silver handles on each side of the laptop display.
    • Status lights and broken switches in "matrix".
    • Need to also include the panel thumbscrews.
    • Control box will not fold. Laptop remains open at all times, screen will be 'covered'.
    • Laptop on left.
    • Secondary controls on 'bottom' right.
    • Broken switches and bling on 'top' right (all are latching and illuminated)
    • Power, ether and extra USB on left side.
    • 'Door' on left side to store Xbox controller. Controller will always be plugged in.
    • Handle on top for carrying; or can carry by holding from bottom
  • May need to include some additonal stuff for camera display during the sandstorm.
  • XBox controller for the primary driver
  • Secondary driver controls (all buttons are momentary, all non-cargo are illuminated):
    • Elevator presets:
      • 3 hatch for rocket
      • 3 cargo for rocket
      • 1 cargo for cargo ship
      • 1 cargo for driver station
    • Arcade style joystick for manual override of elevator presets
    • 2 buttons for cargo intake & outtake (programming will automatically bring arms in)
    • 2 buttons for hatch retain/release (programming will automatically bring arms out)
    • 2 buttons for hab front/rear [this might be on primary driver's controller]
  • Design:
    • space buttons 1cm apart; 2cm from left and right edges
    • Try to make USB for Xbox controller accessible for post season use
 
 

To do

Not Started

  • Outer case CAD:
    • PEM studs (to accept a nut, FH-832-8ZI, hole size .163 in) for USB boards and PSoC
    • PEM studs (to accept a nut, FH-832-8ZI, hole size .163 in) for laptop support
    • PEM studs (to accept a nut, FH-832-8ZI, hole size .163 in) for bottom of sides
    • PEM post (to accept a thumbscrew and long enough for 2 pieces of metal SO-632-4ZI, hole size .213 in) for face plate and panels; along top & bottom flanges
    • through holes for sides (they would go on back and front of outer case; use thumbscrews, hole size for #6 screw 0.1495in)
    • holes (size TBD) for handle, on top
    • potentially ventalation holes (not under handle) to let heat escape through top (lettering?)
  • Left Side CAD:
    • size to align with outer case
    • 'bevel' needs to align well with size of laptop (laptop size: Laptop 0 and the ones we got last year)
    • NOTE: get above done first, then make a copy to use as starting point for Right Side
    • add flanges, so flanges go 'inside' the outer case
    • for flanges, need holes for PEM studs on bottom flange (hole size of #8 bolt 0.1770in)
    • for flanges, need PEM nuts (to accept a thumbscrew F-632-1, hole size .213 in) on back and front edge
    • for side flanges, need PEM post (to accept a thumbscrew and long enough for 2 pieces of metal SO-632-4ZI, hole size .213 in) for face plate and panels; along sides
    • add USB, power and ethernet cut out (should be able to copy from last year's CAD, make it so these can be 'moved' around by adjusting distance from back and bottom edges)
    • add cut out for XBox controller
    • potentially ventalation holes to let heat escape (where laptop vents)
  • Right Side CAD:
    • add flanges, so flanges go 'inside' the outer case
    • for flanges, need holes for PEM studs on bottom flange (hole size of #8 bolt 0.1770in)
    • for flanges, need PEM nuts (to accept a thumbscrew F-632-1, hole size .213 in) on back and front edge
    • for side flanges, need PEM post (to accept a thumbscrew and long enough for 2 pieces of metal SO-632-4ZI, hole size .213 in) for face plate and panels; along sides
  • Face plate CAD:
    • size to match outer case
    • bend to match sides for laptop
    • need retangular cut outs for:
      • laptop top (needs to be able to have a panel attached to it, that has a 'window', so it will protect the laptop screen)
      • laptop bottom (will not have a panel covering it, so opening will be larger)
      • broken/bling panel (so buttons/etc. connections have room)
      • aux driver panel (so buttons/joystick connections have room)
    • through hole (.212 in) for PEM posts that are on the outer case
    • need PEM nuts (to accept a thumbscrew F-632-1, hole size .213 in) in 'middle' sections, for panels 
  • Aux driver panel CAD:
    • size to fit all buttons as layed out on full scale drawing
    • buttons are 2cm from all edges (the part on top, as seen by user)
    • buttons are 1cm apart (the part on top, as seen by user)
    • use above spacing to find center point for all cut outs
    • use datasheets to determine size of cutouts (centered around the points determine in above step)
    • holes for PEM post, where thumbscrews go, hole size for #6 screw 0.1495in 
  • Broken/blind panel CAD:
    • broken: 1 row of rectangle buttons; they fit right next to each other
    • bling: a double row of rectangle buttons (fit next to, and top of, each other); space 2cm below broken
    • holes for PEM post, where thumbscrews go, hole size for #6 screw 0.1495in
    • rectuangular cutout for 'status' backlit status words
      • TBD: piece of lexan that attaches with thumbscrews (if so need pressed in nuts on panel)
      • TBD: piece of lexan with thumbscrew threads cutoff and glued on, then velcro lexan to panel
    • TBD: count down
    • TBD: phone dial
  • laptop support CAD:
    • angled top so laptop's keyboard is aligned with outer case
    • make big enough to hold Xbox controller
    • have 'end cap' on inner side to keep Xbox controller from touching internal boards
    • holes for PEM studs (hole size of #8 bolt 0.1770in) 
  • laptop screen panel CAD:
    • holes for handles, size TBD
    • holes for PEM post, where thumbscrews go, hole size for #6 screw 0.1495in
    • opening for laptop screen (plastic/lexan behind opening; make sure laptop screen fits behind it)
  • Find internal locations for:
    • main driver XBox control
    • USB hub
    • laptop power supply
    • laptop support
    • USB board for broken switches
    • USB board for Aux
    • PSoC perf board for bling
  • Color scheme
    • TBD: outer case: sea foam green/blue
    • TBD: face plate: beige
    • TBD: panels: clear
  • How to keep latop screen against panel
    • TBD: an L bracket velcro'd to underneath side of outer case top
    • TBD: webbing
 

In Process

  • create model of the controls laptop. Need to have a model of the laptop partially open.

Completed

  • Get/create models for joystick.
  • Not going with clamshell design
  • Picked: buttons, joystick, thumbscrews, handle

Useful Links

PSoC Install (for lights)

PSoC Creator IDE

Download latest "PSoC Creator" from Cypress (http://www.cypress.com/products/psoc-creator-integrated-design-environment-ide) and install it (use Typical install; at end run Updater and maek sure you have the latest stuff)

For user name and password, you can use: mailme@mailinator.com mailme123

Toolkits and Board Driver Install

Get controls2019 from SVN

Run: vcredist_x86.exe

Run: USBSerialSDKSetup.exe (do Typical install; at end run Updater and maek sure you have the latest stuff)

Run: CY8CKIT04942xxSetupOnlyPackage_revSA.exe (do Typical install; at end run Updater and make sure you have the latest stuff)

While you press and hold the SW1 Prog button on the cypress board, plug in the USB cable to the PC (it will take a while for it to install 5 drivers).

Build/Program

Open PSoC Creator (Start -> Programs -> Cypress -> PSoC Creator -> PSoC Creator)

Open project: File -> Open -> Project/Workspace; then browse to Desktop/FRC2019/trunk/controls2019/SCB_Bootloader/SCB_Bootloader.cywrk)

Build project: Build -> Build All Projects

While you press and hold the SW1 Prog button on the cypress board, plug in the USB cable to the PC

Download Boot Loader:

  • open programmer: Tools -> Bootloader Host
  • set 'File' to C:\Users\Robotics\Desktop\FRC2019\trunk\controls2019\SCB_Bootloader\Bootloadable Blinking LED.cydsn\CortexM0\ARM_GCC_541\Debug\Bootloadable Blinking LED.cyacd
  • select the com port for the cypress board
  • set Baud to 115200; Data Bits 8; Stop Bits 1; Parity None
  • download program: Actions -> Program
 

Meeting Minutes

1/8

Attendees: Eric, Mark

Work Completed: Setup Wiki, preliminary research into the control design.

1/9

Attendees: Eric, Devon, Adrian, Jadon

Work Completed: Initial concept picked, cleaned up the shop controls stuff and put it in the storage cabinet. Setup Slack channel for controls.

1/10

Attendees: Adrian, Devon, Jadon, Cameron

Work Completed: made a joystick CAD model, found laptop model from last year and got dimensions of the slightly bigger newer laptops that we could potentially use, used math to find that the joystick can fit in a clamshell case if it starts pushed all the way forward (not in the nuetral position), worked on the design

1/12

Attendees: Eric, Jadon, Adrian, Tanner, Devon

Work Completed:

  • Decided on concept (apollo era mission controls station) 
  • Found and added parts to shopping list
  • Started full scale layout

1/13

Attendees: Byers, Tanner, Eric

Work Completed: 

  • Got datasheets for buttons, handle, joystick
  • Met with potential Aux drive team members to finalize buttons/joystick needs
  • Added more items to shopping list
  • Continued work on full scale layout

1/15

Attendees: Adrian, Aidan, Devon, Jadon, Tanner, Eric 

Work Completed: Edited original concept for the control board by replacing the computer for a bigger one that was needed. Control board is official codenamed the “Cash Register” (or CR). A CAD design was started for the base of the CR along with a to scale model of the computer we will be using. Only the Bottom, front and back of the base is “finished”. The sides may be a seperate piece for easier assembly and the Front Plate is in prototype. CADed the USB HUB, made sure datasheets were pulled into this year's folder. Started to gather some of the parts and put them into the new tackle box.

1/16

Attendees: Byers, Adrian, Jadon, Devon

Work Completed: Some rectangle buttons came in (woohoo). Worked on CAD for the outer shell, the front frame, and a panel. Jadon and Adrian planning on figuring out best angle for the inner bend of the control tomorrow (1/17), CAD is supposed to be complete by the end of this weekend according to the schedule on the announcements. Also began CAD for the rectangle buttons 

1/17

Attendees: Adrian, Jadon, Cameron, Tanner

Work Completed: We believe we got a good angle for the bend; worked on CAD for the assembly, drivers panel, and rectangular buttons; began to assign part numbers per request of Roseanne

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Controls Rules

8.10 OPERATOR CONSOLE

R95. The DRIVER Station software provided on the National Instruments website is the only application permitted to specify and communicate the operating mode (i.e. Autonomous/Teleoperated) and operating state (Enable/Disable) to the ROBOT. The DRIVER Station software must be revision 19.0 or newer. Teams are permitted to use a portable computing device of their choice (laptop computer, tablet, etc.) to host the DRIVER Station software while participating in competition MATCHES.

R96. The OPERATOR CONSOLE, the set of COMPONENTS and MECHANISMS used by the DRIVERS and/or HUMAN PLAYER to relay commands to the ROBOT, must include a graphic display to present the DRIVER Station diagnostic information. It must be positioned within the OPERATOR CONSOLE so that the screen display can be clearly seen during Inspection and in a MATCH.

R97. Devices hosting the DRIVER Station software must only interface with the Field Management System (FMS) via the Ethernet cable provided at the PLAYER STATION (e.g. not through a switch). Teams may connect the FMS Ethernet cable to their DRIVER Station device directly via an Ethernet pigtail, or with a single-port Ethernet converter (e.g. docking station, USB-Ethernet converter, Thunderbolt-Ethernet converter, etc.). The Ethernet port on the OPERATOR CONSOLE must be easily and quickly accessible. Teams are strongly encouraged to use pigtails on the Ethernet port used to connect to the FMS. Such pigtails will reduce wear and tear on the device’s port and, with proper strain relief employed, will protect the port from accidental damage.

R98. The OPERATOR CONSOLE must not

A. be longer than 60 in. (~152 cm)

B. be deeper than 14 in. (~35 cm) (excluding any items that are held or worn by the DRIVERS during the MATCH)

C.Extend more than 6 ft. 6 in. (~198 cm) above the floor

D. attach to the FIELD (except as permitted by G19)

There is a 54 in. (~137 cm) long by 2 in. (nominal) wide strip of hook-and-loop tape (“loop” side) along the center of the PLAYER STATION support shelf that should be used to secure the OPERATOR CONSOLE to the shelf, per G15. See the PLAYER STATION section for details. Please note that while there is no hard weight limit, OPERATOR CONSOLES that weigh more than 30 lbs. (~13 kg.) will invite extra scrutiny as they are likely to present unsafe circumstances.

R99. Other than the system provided by the FIELD, no other form of wireless communications shall be used to communicate to, from, or within the OPERATOR CONSOLE. Examples of prohibited wireless systems include, but are not limited to, active wireless network cards and Bluetooth devices. For the case of the FIRST Robotics Competition, a motion sensing input device (e.g. Microsoft Kinect) is not considered wireless communication and is allowed.

R100.OPERATOR CONSOLES shall not be made using hazardous materials, be unsafe, cause an unsafe condition, or interfere with other DRIVE TEAMS or the operation of other ROBOTS.

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