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2016 Recap:

Looking back on our first year or RoboSub, there’s a lot to talk about. The entire team is incredibly proud of everything we have accomplished. We learned an incredible amount, not only about the technical aspect of designing an AUV, but also about the far more applicable skills of creatively solving a problem, troubleshooting that solution, and managing time and resources over a large-scale, year-long project. I think the best thing that I could start with to sum up our experience is this graph of the Dunning-Kruger effect:

 

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Ultimately, this graph came to represent the most

October 27th, 2016

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A lot has changed on the software side since our last update. Using OpenCV libraries and C++, we are now able to identify an object and track it within our field of view.

Using a camera, the AUV captures an image and converts it to a threshold image. We can then instruct the AUV to filter out certain colors and shapes. Once an object is identified, our AUV will find the coordinates of where it is and will move towards it.

This can be used for many aspects of the RoboSub competition, including the first task of the qualifier, which …

May 18th, 2016

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It’s been quite a while since our last mechanical update… and because of that quite a bit has changed. The core design has stayed the same, with the same eight thruster layout, the same acrylic hull, and the same aluminum frame and end caps.

All our parts have been machined and assembled. Fortunately, everything fit together and we had no major problems. We completed some initial waterproofing tests by pulling a vacuum, and everything was watertight. This coming Monday we will be doing some more thorough waterproofing and buoyancy testing, with the goal of having the robot ready to …

May 18th, 2016

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cornerWe have been working hard on a concept for our AUV. At this point, it includes a VERY large 9.5″ ID 21″ long acrylic hull, four XY thrusters for horizontal movement, and four vertical thrusters for control of the Z axis, roll, and pitch. The hull is held onto the aluminum frame by a series of clasps on the end caps, making removal completely tool free. On the top and bottom, there are modular mounting rails for adding additional hardware in the future.

 

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November 5th, 2015

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The BeaverAUV website is now live! Our sponsor packet is finished and we are nearly ready to begin searching for potential sponsors. We are still working on our AUV design. That process will move much faster once we have an estimated budget.

We are very excited to work on this project and will continue to update this website with developments! Be sure to check out the “About the Humans” and “About the Robot” pages for more information on us and the and the robot.…

September 28th, 2015

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This is the first blog post on the BeaverAUV blog. We plan on using this blog for weekly updates to our adventure competing at the International RoboSub Competition, so stay tuned for more.…

September 25th, 2015

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