paper: A Portable Serial Data-logger for the FRC Robot Controller

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A Portable Serial Data-logger for the FRC Robot Controller
by: PhilBot

This paper describes a simple method of logging diagnostic data through the Robot Controller’s second serial port. The concept is to add a FLASH memory based serial logger to the RC, and provide a simple software macro for sending data to the logger.

As teams start to add autonomous and hybrid modes to their robots, the need quickly arises to display diagnostic data so the programmers can assess the robot’s response to feedback sensors.

Unfortunately these modes often require free (un-tethered) operation of the robot, which makes data collection difficult. It IS possible to provide a wireless link between the robot and a diagnostic station, but this may NOT be used during competition.

This paper describes a simple method of logging diagnostic data through the Robot Controller’s second serial port. The concept is to add a FLASH memory based serial logger to the RC, and provide a simple software macro for sending data to the logger.

A Portable Serial Data Logger.pdf (211 KB)