| Week 4, Voted From The Island? |
Last Modified: 2009-01-28
We now have some network designs and an initial library. These networking schemes will be discussed in some detail and we will begin implementing portions of this network as well as add more hardware. The plan:
We have candidate network designs put together in isolation from last week. It will be fun to see these and see if we can blend them down to a single networking approach. We can try to handle difficult cases we can dream up and tests for how to unit test basic functionality. We also need to characterize how we will understand whether each of these network functions will be tested.
We also need to isolate our final project outcomes or products. This "voting from the island" will likely be obvious based on constraints and our increased understanding of the networking issues. This will be voted on and hopefully the result will be obvious.
By now, we will start to understand how many nodes we can expect to facilitate, how things move around the network, and any hard limits in terms of routing, proximity, etc. As we learn, we will constantly revisit our candidate designs and adjust based on what we have learned.
We can continue with our soldering to complete the initial 3 hardware elements, the LED's and the voltage monitor. We will also add the photoresistor and can also discuss and demonstrate the sonar ranger and push button to see if they fit our project needs.
Since we got a library last week, the library will be shared with the group and everybody will use it to report the battery voltage, blink the red LED and blink the yellow LED with a frequency based on the input from the photoresistor's input.
In addition to this basic test of our initial library, we will diverge again with the following tasks assigned to individual teams:
These are not exactly balanced tasks but we will do our best to share the easy tasks with earlier victors (from the network design) and help out the network implementation group as this will be more intense.
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