Zebracorn Labs

Here at the Zebracorns, we believe in learning and pushing boundaries. In persuit of that, we have published papers, given talks, and have other tidbits of knowledge lying around. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

06 Sep 2018 - Hans Khatri

ZebraVision 6.0: A Continuation of ROS for FRC

Zebravison 6.0 is a crucial development step towards the completion of a robust and dynamic codebase. Integration of ROS allows for automation and communication between systems, giving way to advanced developments in all features of sensors on the robot. The primary objective was to collect data and extract critical information about the position of the robot compared to other objects on the field. In other words, complete localization and environmental visualization in all aspects of the robot. This task, though expansive, has been finalized and polished off, leaving almost no robot-relative values unknown. Computer vision on The Zebracorns is closing the gap between the current standard of robotics and the goal of a fully functional, independent, and autonomous robot.

26 Jun 2018 - Anja Sheppard, Olivia Fugikawa, Niall Mullane, Ryan Greenblatt, Kevin Jaget

ZebROS 1.0 - ROS for FRC

In 2016, Team 900 wrote a neural network for detecting boulders. Last year, we implemented the Robot Operating System, ROS, into our vision code to facilitate communication between multiple processors. But this year, we’ve gone above and beyond what anyone thought we would be crazy enough to attempt. We transitioned our entire robot code -- including hardware control -- into ROS.

06 Jan 2018 - Mason Mitchell, Bram Lovelace

2018 Offseason CAD Release

During offseason we worked on a whole bunch of projects ranging from multiple different types of swerve drives and some west coast drives in preparation for the game. We’ve put them into a public GrabCAD space so feel free to peruse our files. Note: Most of the designs are either unfinished or won’t necessarily work in their current state.

05 Jan 2018 - Forrest Hurley

ZebraReality 0.1-0.3

Team 900 has lots of programmers. A positive cornucopia of programmers. Unfortunately, this often leaves us short on the mechanical side of things. Even after we get our robot built, the lack of a convenient practice field makes it difficult to test all of our robot’s functionality or train drivers. In 2017 we decided to program a world where reality isn't an issue. Our first year exploring VR ended relatively successfully. Our driver quickly adapted to a variety of field conditions and his clever maneuvering improved our score in several cases. We went through three iterations of the simulation, primarily rebuilding the robot drivetrains, and finally reached a stable model.

21 Sep 2017 - Adithya Balaji, Alon Greyber

ZebraVision 5.0 - ROS for FRC

Zebravision 5.0 is a radical departure from previous paradigms of robot software architecture and completes the computer vision team’s take over of team 900 on the whole. The work centered around the implementation of ROS or Robot Operating System into the team’s overall software framework. The main goal was to improve the facility of Jetson to RoboRio communication but ROS represents much more than that. This leap in software interfacing not only allows the two systems to communicate in a dynamic manner, but also lays the foundation for sophisticated control paradigms built upon the open source ROS framework. This distributed computation model will allow advanced work on robot sensor processing, motion planning, environment perception, localization, and mapping.

21 Jan 2017 - Marshall Massengill

The Incomplete Guide to Using the TX1 for FRC

This guide is not complete. It is merely the beginning on your journey with the TX1. It will not answer all of your questions nor is it meant to (It’s “incomplete” for a reason). Before you begin you should start by looking at the available resources you have and read the documentation available for the TX1. It’s entirely possible that this guide will be out of date by the time you read it. It is not definitive and should not be treated as such.