It has obviously been a while since I've posted an update. I know, this is pretty much my pattern. It has been a very busy few months, however. Unfortunately, none of that has been actually working on Nomad. In short, Nomad was in the January issue of Servo Magazine, I made a whirlwind trip to Germany to pitch for a start-up I've been consulting, I'm now the president of The Robot Group, and I'm getting Nomad and TRG ready for SXSW Create coming up in less than 2 weeks.
So, starting with the most immediate and relavent first; Nomad will be on display in its current form at SXSW Create in Austin, Texas from March 10th through March 12th. SXSW Create is free and open to the public, so, if you're able, come out and see Nomad first hans. I will be there with The Robot Group, presenting Nomad as well as several other projects with the group. The goal, at the moment, is to have the Zed camera running a depth map and point cloud demo. It will likely be detached from Nomad simply because I need to make sure there's some distance between the crowd and the camera (kids love to get right up to one of the lenses and make faces at it. This, of course, does not help demo the 3D features).
The other very exciting, Nomad related, event was the Nomad's appearance in the January issue of Servo Magazine. Servo is great publication that focuses on the state of hobby robotics with articles and features aimed at that population. The articles are conversational in tone and make complex topics easier to understand for those of us who don't have an engineering degree. Not only was Nomad featured in the magazine, but it was also on the cover, it's second cover for Servo. The article is, essentially, an update of the project since the original product review back in 2014.
Other than that, the rest is distraction. The trip to Germany was to pitch the vision system I've been working on for a startup here in Austin. Unfortunately the NDA prevents me from getting into any detail about the project, but the trip was amazing, if quick. I flew out on December 17th, arrived late on the 18th, spent three days demoing the project to a major industrial electronics company, and then returned to Austin with an unexpected overnight stay in Frankfurt. This was immediately followed by a two day drive to Denver to spend Christmas with the family and then a two day trip back through Branson, Missouri. A lot of travelling.
In the next article I'll be talking about the watchdog and power management system I am planning for Nomad, why it's needed, and what it means for the physical build.