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Super Sanguino!

I got my Sanguino yesterday night, so it was time to finally delve in and make one of these awesomeness things! PLUS, I get to do a nice blog post about it. 😀

I’m happy that I got super shipping… I don’t think I would have received it in time otherwise!


It even comes with bubble wrap! ^_^

Let’s get started 😀

The board is really shiny, but it is more of an orangey-red than a red-red. However, it is really catchy. Too bad in the end it is covered by all the components though!

See, look how giant the chip is! Sweet!

It’s time to solder. This is the cleanest the soldering iron has been in a few weeks 😀

The SANGUINO silkscreen is easily covered by the DIP…

These capacitors remind me of balloons hehe 😀

It doesn’t have a chip on its shoulder… yet (get it? the 648P isn’t in yet hahaha)

This part was sooo confusing. The instructions said… “Insert the LED on the flat side of the board” or something like that. Flat side? I never knew that there was a non-flat side… BAHA!

If the red LED is not entered correctly, nothing will work…

The proper way to insert the LEDs is… negative, positive and negative, positive. It clearly didn’t say that on my silkscreen >_> At least I only got one of them wrong 😀

Sooo, after cleaning that LED up… it works! YAY! 😀

The software was aggravating to get working, but I did manage to get it to work in the end. I’ll post up my version of the Arduino 12 IDE for Sanguino tomorrow, or something. :)

The number of outputs and inputs is so astonishing! It even has two TX/RX ports. I’ll probably finish off MANOI and Snowplow robot tomorrow, and think of a way to use the Sanguino in MANOI!

It would be cool to have an IR sensor right now for MANOI, so I could mount it on its stick, but instead I may try two LDRs with LEDs. I have the supplies for that, so I can easily implement a Bayes Filter algorithm to determine if the ball is there or not.

The Bayes Filter algorithm is a form of AI. I’ve been working on a tutorial about the BFA for for a very long time. (TeX takes a long time to type).


Exploring Stanford

Stanford has an extremely beautiful campus! It’s full with wildlife- like tiny frogs, geckos and palm trees! It’s also a really giant campus – as I found out after playing The Game. (I’ll blog about The Game later). Apart from enjoying the puns on Bread-First Search (BFS) and Death-First Search (DFS) algorithms, I really enjoyed exploring the campus. Usually I took all of these pictures while going Fountain Hopping, but sometimes I just took them while walking to the class!
Fountain Hopping was an amazing activity. Basically, you find a fountain – and you jump in it! It’s so amazingly fun! One time where we went to the fountain outside of the hospital, we were kicked out. It was pretty awkward!
One of my favourite features of Stanford is the beautiful architecture. You really have to see it in real, but I hope my pictures will better illustrate it! The detail and texture is amazing.
The total GB count of all the photos I took is 9.46! But, I only chose the best and uploaded them, so with all the small versions and thumbnails, it totaled to 2.3GB. :)
There will be way more posts with way more photos! Here are 309 – Hope you enjoy them!! Clicking the image will open it in the lightbox (like normal), but if you click the camera, it will open the high res photos. Please don’t use any of the high res photos without my permission first =) Thanks!!
Click continue reading for all the pictures 😀

Be back soon

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See ya later to all of the people that read this! A big thanks to everyone that helped donate over $1000! It helped a lot. The rest of the costs were covered by a reserved education savings account thing. This is going to be amazing! And I’m going to the JPL! 😀 Feel free to email me when I’m gone! I’m not sure if I will reply, but if I do it will be from RobotGrrl :)~at~:)

I hope to come back with many project ideas and a better outlook on AI (artificial intelligence) for NLP (natural language processing), CV (computer vision), and HCI (human-computer interaction)! I’d want to explore it with Arduino, too.

In 3.5 weeks, get ready for lots of blog posts! :) Funnily enough, this blog post is #666. xD