SUSE Hackweek 2019 – The demo

The project was done using Three.js https://threejs.org/ . which is a JavaScript library for 2D and 3D objects and animations using WebGL and other renderers.

This is the final result: https://thesusedemo.desarrolloproyectos.com/

For lightwright computeres, it’s possible to watch the demo as a pre-rendered video in Youtube

This video shows the making-of with some details of the implementation:

The music is original and composed by Jose Lausuch using Cubase and some VST libraries, specially some owned by ReFX Nexus: https://refx.com/

SUSE Hackweek 2019 – Cheap motor foam plane

I would like to convert a very cheap foam toy plane into a radio control plane

Materials

  • The foam plane (2 euros)
  • 2 Micro servos
  • Very small motor
  • 2 Amp motor controller
  • A RC receiver and a transmitter (of course)
  • Some wood
  • And thin carbon tubes

The most important here is to ensure:

  • It can fly
  • The final weight of the plane cannot be too much
  • Respect the current mass center

PROCESS

The first concept is to understand that the most important in a plane is how many grams per cm2 of wing. This is crucial because if you have to support more grams you’ll need more speed.

For instance the plane weight is 45 grams. The both wings surface is 342 cm2. Then each cm2 has to support 5.3 grams per cm2

So, as consequence of that is very important to choose the correct motor. The motor has to have the enough power to impulse the plane with the require speed to create a pressure in the wings to maintain the weight.  If we choose a small motor, it is not going to achieve the required speed. If we choose a better motor is going to be bigger and the weight of entire plane is going to increase. But also related is the battery. A bigger motor requires a bigger battery to ensure enough flying time and also the enough discharge capacity to supply the intensity that this motor is going to require.

  • Motor with controller: 30.5 grams
  • Battery 45 grams
  • Servos: 2 of 8.8 grams and other of 5.7 grams

Then the selection means extra 98.8 grams. But the plane has to plumbs to stabilize that we can remove (18.8 grams). then the final result is  extra 80 grams

The second concept is where to put the things, because we have to respect the mass center should be at 1/3 of the beginning of the wing. To ensure that before doing nothing to the plane, I measured it using a home-made balance. Of course the motor should be placed on the front. But we can remove one or two centimeters of the nose of the plane to move the weight to the wing. After that the position of the battery should be the last step because is the heaviest element and is going to determine the mass center.

RESULTS

This is the final result.

I also included a big aileron to increase some wing surface

 

STEM Workshop in Montessori School: Robotics

During the previous Hackweek (SUSE) I did a workshop in a Montessori school. This time I would like the same but with focusing on Robotics.

Who is this for?

Children between 2 and 6 years old

What will be the duration?

1 hour

Where?

In a Montessori school

What materials I am going to use

  • Bee-bot robot or similar
  • Edison robot (https://meetedison.com)
  • Some home made robots

What concepts do I would like to teach:

The programming basics

  • Concepts of program and programming
  • How to split a problem in small parts and basic actions
  • Concept of execution
  • Concept of debugging
  • Usually there are more than one solution to solve a problem

What is an artificial sensor?

  • To be a blind robot
  • What it can do if it has some sensors
  • Ultrasound echo
  • Infrared echo
  • Infrared vision
  • Microphone sensors

RESULTS

Students were very interested in all examples and demonstrations. They participated in some of them.

I tried to explain all the mentioned concepts, and in spite of the complexity they understood pretty well

And I also introduced other robots like the one is in the photo with 4 ultra sound sensors, or an robotic arm with 6 movements.

Robotic SUSE Mascot – Part 2. Design & Skeleton

Please, visit Part 1. Introduction if you haven’t read it yet.

Scheme

First, we did some brainstorming about how to make the mascot walk. We thought that the best option was to build balanced hips. It moves up one leg and rotates it forwards without friction. Then it moves it backward at the same time the other leg moves forward.

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Robotic SUSE Mascot – Part 1. Introduction

In our Hackweek at SUSE we have time to develop our most crazy ideas and projects. My brother and me thought that it could be interesting to create a robotic SUSE pet. The presentation of our proposal was:

The idea is to create a fantastic robotic SUSE mascot using cheap materials. It shall be controlled with you remote control of your TV. After building the prototype the schemes and Arduino code will be delivered for everyone to try building it at home.

We thought of several movements:

  1. Tail movements, cause it has to be nice
  2. Head movement to be more realistic
  3. And the most difficult part, making it walk

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