Sunday, July 13, 2014

Final build photos of pennybot

I realised that I didn't have any full build pictures of pennybot here.  Now I do.

Ready to scoop

All three front facing IR detectors

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pennybot pic16f628 asm code

The full pennybot asm code..

include "P16F628A.INC" ;include the defaults for the chip
list p=16f628a

; pin out list
; 0 comparator input - right line sensor
; 1 comparator input - left line sensor
; 2 comparator input  - reference voltage
; 3 motor driver output A - right motor
; 4 motor driver output A - right motor
;                       - open collector - needs pull up resistor to 5V to go high
; 5 unused - input only
; 6 motor driver output B - left motor
; 7 motor driver output B - left motor

; 0 IR detector input - front - IR detectors go low on signal, normally 5V
; 1 unused
; 2 status led - blinks while code in main loop
; 3 digital output, PWM
; 4 IR detector input - left  front  - IR detectors go low on signal, normally 5V
; 5 IR detector input - right front
; 6 IR detector input - left side
; 7 IR detector input - right side

; general variables
cblock 0x20
count ; used in delay routine
count1 ; used in delay routine
counta ; used in delay routine
countb ; used in delay routine
        compcount   ; used in comparator compare

#define W_TEMP  0x70 ; common memory area across all banks
#define STATUS_TEMP 0x71 ; temp vars for ISR

org 0x00
goto init

; ISR code
org 0x04
movwf   W_TEMP ; Save W & STATUS, etc
swapf   STATUS, W
bcf     STATUS, RP0
movwf   STATUS_TEMP ; end ISR save bits

btfsc PIR1, CMIF
call check_comp     ;check comparators - line detection
    goto check_front_IR    ;check single front IR detector, skip other IR decectors
call check_IR       ;check other IR detectors
swapf   STATUS_TEMP, W   ; restore W & STATUS
movwf   STATUS
swapf   W_TEMP,F
swapf   W_TEMP,W
retfie                  ; end ISR restore bits

; end ISR code

; init steps are
                ; setup PORTA and PORTB pins as input/output
; halt motors
; delay 5 seconds
; setup comparator mode
; setup ir detectors - done as enable interrupt
; setup rear ir sensor
; setup 38khz, 50% duty cycle PWM
; enable interrupts

banksel TRISA ; set all pins in appropriate input/output
movlw b'00100111' ; RA5 always input
movwf TRISA ; set PORTA pins
movlw b'11110001'
movwf TRISB ; set PORTB pins

    call stop           ; motors halt

    banksel PORTB
    bsf PORTB,2         ; turn on test led

call Long_Delay ; delay 5-6 secs

banksel CMCON ; init comparator mode
movlw 0x03
    movwf CMCON ; CM<2:0> = 011
    call Delay10        ; delay 10 microseconds
    movf CMCON,F ; read cmcon to end change condition wrt interrupt setup
    bcf PIR1, CMIF ; clear pending interrupts
    banksel PIE1 ; select bank 1
    bsf PIE1, CMIE ; enable comparator interrupts

            ; setup and run 38khz pwm
banksel PR2         ; set pwm period
movlw   0x19 ; 0x19 == 25 decimal.  So via equation
movwf   PR2         ; 25+1 * 4 * 0.25 * 1 = 26 and 1/26 == 38khz ish
                        ; set pwm duty cycle to 50%
    banksel CCP1CON ; so need duty cycle to be half pwm period
            ; ie half (25+1)*4 -> 52 = 0x34
    movlw   0x0c ; since Tosc is in both pwm and duty cycle equation they cancel out
    movwf   CCP1CON ; remember split across bits 5/4 of ccp1con and ccpr1l
    movlw   0x0d ;  0x   0    d  0
    movwf   CCPR1L   ; duty cycle 0x34 - ie 52 decimal
    banksel T2CON ; set tmr2 prescaler
    movlw   0x00
    movwf   T2CON
    bsf T2CON, TMR2ON ; turn on timer 2

banksel INTCON ; enable interrupts
    bsf INTCON, RBIE    ; enable RB port interrupts (RB4-7)
    bsf INTCON, INTE    ; enable RB0 port interrupt
    bsf INTCON, PEIE ; enable peripheral interrupts
    bsf INTCON, GIE ; enable global interrupts

    banksel PORTB
    bcf PORTB,2         ; turn off status led
call forward
goto main

; check front IR detector, go forward if something there
    call Delay20        ; wait for signal to settle
    banksel PORTB
    btfss   PORTB,0     ; check RB0, low means we detected something
    call    forward   ; move ahead
    banksel INTCON
    bcf     INTCON,INTF    ; clear RB0 interrupt flag (maybe clear other IR interrupt flag?)
    goto isr_exit

; end check_front_IR

; check what IR detetor went off and change motors as needed
; low means we detected something

    call Delay20        ; wait for signals to steady
    banksel PORTB
    btfss PORTB,6       ; check right side
    goto turnright_IR   ; turn right as something was there
    btfss PORTB,7       ; check left side
    goto turnleft_IR    ; turn left as something was there
    btfss PORTB,5       ; check left front
    call frontleft_IR
    btfss PORTB,4       ; check right front
    call frontright_IR
    banksel INTCON
    bcf INTCON,RBIF     ; clear interrupt flag
call fastright
goto checkirexit
call fastleft
goto checkirexit
call slowright
goto checkirexit
call slowleft
goto checkirexit

; end check_IR

; check comparators function (line sensors)
; reverse if both sensors are active
call Delay20        ; wait 20ms for input to get stable
banksel CMCON
btfsc CMCON,C1OUT   ; if c1out is 1
    bsf compcount,0     ; got a right sensor reading
    btfsc CMCON,C2OUT   ; if c2out is 1
    bsf compcount,1     ; got a left sensor
    movlw   d'3'        ; compcount is 0000 0011 if both sensors active ie 3
    subwf   compcount,0
    btfsc   STATUS,Z    ; was the result 0?
    goto comp_reverse   ; both sensors active, reverse, otherwise check again
btfsc CMCON,C1OUT   ; right sensor active
    goto comp_turnleft      ; turn right
    btfsc CMCON,C2OUT   ; left sensor active
    goto comp_turnright      ; turn left
bcf PIR1, CMIF      ; clear pending interrupts
    call reverse        ; both sensors active, reverse
    call fastleft
goto compexit
call fastleft
goto compexit
call fastright
goto compexit

; end check_comp

; motor drive functions

; halt both motors by setting both outputs high
banksel PORTA
movlw b'11011000'
movwf PORTA

; forward on both motors
banksel PORTA
movlw b'01001000'
movwf PORTA
    ;call    Delay255
    call    Delay50

; reverse on both motors
banksel PORTA
movlw b'10010000'
movwf PORTA
    call    Delay255

; turn right on spot
banksel PORTA
movlw b'10001000'
movwf PORTA
    call    Delay255

; turn right by stopping left motor
banksel PORTA
movlw b'11001000'
movwf PORTA
    call    Delay255

; turn left on the spot
banksel PORTA
movlw b'01010000'
movwf PORTA
    call    Delay255

; turn left by stopping right motor
banksel PORTA
movlw b'01011000'
movwf PORTA
    call    Delay255

; end motor functions

; Delay routines (based on 4MHz clock)

        movlw  d'60'       ;delay 6 seconds
call Delay100W

Delay100W movwf count ;delay W x 100mS
d2 call Delay100 ;maximum delay 25.5 seconds
decfsz count ,f
goto d2

Delay255 movlw 0xff ;delay 255 mS
goto d0
Delay100 movlw d'100' ;delay 100mS
goto d0
Delay50 movlw d'50' ;delay 50mS
goto d0
Delay20 movlw d'20' ;delay 20mS
goto d0
Delay10 movlw d'10' ;delay 10mS
goto d0
Delay1 movlw d'1' ;delay 1mS
goto d0
Delay5 movlw 0x05 ;delay 5.000 ms (4 MHz clock)
d0 movwf count1
d1 movlw 0xC7      
movwf counta
movlw 0x01      
movwf countb
Delay_0 decfsz counta, f
goto $+2
decfsz countb, f
goto Delay_0

decfsz count1 ,f
goto d1

;end of Delay routines


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pennybot finally makes it to the big time - sumobot finals

In order to get pennybot into the winner’s circle I needed to make a number of changes…

Realising that the rear IR sensor wasn’t really useful I unsoldered it and added it to the front of pennybot as a front sensor between the current left/right sensors.  This sensor was connected to the interrupt pin RB0.

I made a new metal scoop for the front with the bottom edge formed around a piece of wire for extra strength.  This scoop just scrapes the floor.  Great for lifting up opponents but terrible on the sumo ring paint job.

I went back to a much simpler code base for the IR detection function.  Firstly in the ISR section I check each interrupt flag to see what interrupt was triggered before calling that function.  Before I was running through all the sensor functions (line sensor/IR detectors) regardless.  Now with the direct front IR sensor being to RB0 I had three functions.  Firstly check the line sensors as staying within the ring is the most important behaviour.  Second check the direct front IR sensor (RB0) and go forward if that detects.  Once in this function skip the rest of the IR sensor checks before exiting the ISR code section.  This is to stop a false hit from making pennybot go left/right after a forward move.  Finally check the other IR sensors on RB4-7.

Also I removed all the loop and repeat checks.  Rather we go through the ISR code once and then out.  Previously I was getting stuck in function call loops that were going more than 8 deep and thus breaking as the stack would loop over itself.

Finally I changed the motor driving code for when there was a left front or right front detection.  Rather than turn on the spot we now do a slow right or left turn by braking one wheel (by making both motor inputs high) and only powering the other.  This results in a turn with the pivot point being the braked wheel rather than the centre of pennybot.

In previous bouts dumbbot was the winner 4 out of 5 matches.  The push strength dumbbot has was too much and it’s wheels too grippy for pennybot to push.  Now it was a different story.  Pennybot won every single match.  The new IR detection code worked great, the slow turns allow pennybot to track much better and the new scoop lifts up dumbbot slightly so it loses traction and can be pushed back.  Finally success.

The only minor points I’m considering to fix is the turn time on the line sensors.  Sometimes when there is line detection pennybot turns so far on the spot the other line sensor detects and we end up spinning on the spot.  The third IR emitter circuit (previously used for the rear IR emitter) is still on the board but unused.  Perhaps I will unsolder it but it seems more effort than it is worth.  Also I should add in a watchdog timer to get me out of unknown code failures.  The watchdog timer is one part of the pic programming I haven’t played with yet.

It’s been a long time but finally I can have a sumo battle.

pic16f628 and USART via a max232 chip

Max232 chip and associated capacitors.  3.5mm jack on the right.

While I was thinking out pennybot I was wondering how I could get more debug information out as the single blinking led I have currently isn’t much.  I remembered that the pic16f628 had usart onboard so a read up on it.  Only two pins were needed with a max232 chip to handle the voltage pumping to a RS232 connection. Sounded pretty easy.

However before this point I needed a usb to serial dongle and a serial terminal program for my Mac.  I already had a usb/serial adapter based on the pl2302 chip, a cheap ebay purchase.  I searched around and found the necessary drivers for Mac so the pl2302 would be detected.  Google is your friend for that.  For a terminal program some people suggested using the ‘script’ command but that didn’t work very well.  I then tried CoolTerm which was great and I fully recommend it.

For the max232 chip (and associated capacitors) I knew that I would want to use it both on my breadboard and possibly on future pic projects.  A standalone board was the best option.  I had a 4 pin (5v, GND, RX, TX) male header to connect the board to a breadboard or circuit and a stereo 3.5mm socket to connect the serial cable to.  The serial cable was a recycle job were I got an existing 9 pin cable, cut off one end and wired up RX, TX and GND to a 3.5mm male stereo plug.  It’s smaller than a full 9pin shell and is quite robust.  Now I will be reserving the USART pins on pic projects in future and having a 4 pin female header so I plug in my max232 board when needed.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pennybot full pictures

I forgot to show off some full pictures of pennybot almost complete.  I still have the front and rear shields to make for the chassis.  Also I'm thinking of moving the single rear IR detector to be at the front centre.  After that it will be programming tuning.

Monday, October 7, 2013

IR top board

Top board

The IR board consisted of five IR detectors (and 0.1uF capacitors) and five accompanying IR leds.  There was also the PWM booster transistors and variable resistors to control the range of the IR leds.  I needed to be careful to try and avoid the PWM lines and the IR detector cabling from interfering with each other.  Otherwise the 38khz on the PWM wires could cause the IR detectors to falsely trigger.  So all the cabling was kept apart or if the wires had to cross then I tried to do so at right angles to reduce EMF.

Once all the parts were soldered up I did detection tests by measuring the voltage on the signal pin of the IR detector.  I found that to get the range I wanted I was almost at minimum resistor value of the IR led variable resistor circuit.  Instead of 100 ohms and a 1K variable resistor I probably should have gone of the absolute safe minimum of 50 ohms and a 500 ohm variable resistor.  However what I have worked ok.

Initially I was driving 3 IR leds off one transistor for the right side/left side / rear leds.  However I wasn't getting any signal from two of the IR leds.  It seems with the resistor value so low the voltage drop across the 3 leds was more than 5V.  The first led in series worked, but the second and third leds didn't.  I worked this out by measuring the frequency on the led pins and finding only the first led was at 38khz.  The others were zero.  However there was still voltage on each pin.  Odd.  So I added a third transistor of the rear IR led.  This means I have three transistor / resistor circuits for the leds.  One for the front two leds, one of the two side leds, one for the single rear led.  Perhaps I might add a second rear led, but space is very tight on the rear of the board.

With the IR detectors the two side detectors were up high and peering over the wheels.  Originally the front IR detectors were on top of the board looking down.  However due to the height of the front board this left a blind spot right at the front of pennybot.  Not the place you want a blind spot.  So I desoldered the front IR leds and detectors and put them under the board to get them lower.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Motor drive tests with SN754410

With the pic and SN 754410 ready to go it was time for a motor drive test.  But first the motors needed to be fixed up.  I did the standard practice of soldering 0.1uF capacitors from each motor terminal to the motor body and another capacitor across the motor terminals.  Then the wires from each terminal were twisted together and terminated in a 2 pin female header.

For the drive test I modified my full pennybot code and did a simple forward/back/left/right test.  Worked well but forward/back were backwards.  A quick modification in the code fixed that.  Also my dual colour leds were not symmetrical.  On forward one led was green, the other red.  So I flipped around one the leds and fixed that.  Probably could have worked that one out when initially soldering but I knew that I might get it wrong regardless so it was quicker to just do and fix if needed.

The drive test also showed one motor was slightly faster than the other.  Over a number of iterations pennybot was slowly turning around on it's starting position.  Nothing to fix there but it's good to be aware.

Now was time for the push test against Dumbbot, my first sumo bot which has only edge avoidance, no detection of opponents.  Both bots weighted in at 320gm.  Head to head pennybot couldn't move a stationary Dumbbot at all.  Those Tamiya rubber tyres Dumbbot hava obviously grip very well.  Dumbbot however with a much more geared down drive train and rubber tyres can push pennybot no worries at all.  Those skinny tyres Pennybot has just don't have the grip.  I can see why people buy the super sticky version of the tyres.  Hopefully at full 500gm weight things will be different.  As far as speed goes Pennybot approx. three times faster than Dumbbot.  So a design battle of strength vs speed will be had…once Pennybot has some eyes.

Finally since dumb is a rude word for 5 year olds Dumbbot is now know as Slowbot.  Soviet revisionism at it's best.