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Questionable Tetrix Motor Encoder values 
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Post Questionable Tetrix Motor Encoder values
We use the Tetrix motor encoders quite a bit during autonomous. For our straight drive the robot simply drives a until either the left or right encoder exceeds the target (steering is via Gyro).

19 times out of 20 everything works perfectly, but once in a while the robot stops very early at a random point along its route, and proceeds on to the next command in the program. In particular, last night the initial drive down the ramp cut-off so early (say 16" instead of 54") that the robot was still on the ramp when it turned and drove off the side - big problem. I can't attribute this to wheel slip, so the only way I can figure this happens is for the code to get a bogus high value from the motor encoder from time to time. Is this a phenomenon that is known to happen?

We're leaning towards a modification where the encoder must read above the target multiple times before the robot stops. If we do that, is there a need for a short delay between successive encoder reads to ensure the program is really getting a new value from the HiTechnic motor controller rather than the same (potentially bogus) buffered value?

Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:05 pm
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Post Re: Questionable Tetrix Motor Encoder values
I've never had this happen with the Tetrix encoders, but from the information that you've given, your analysis of the problem sounds correct. I would suggest having a ~10 ms delay between readings, and wait for 2-3 readings above the threshold. would you mind posting your code so we can make sure of what the problem is?

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Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:14 pm

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Post Re: Questionable Tetrix Motor Encoder values
We had that problem last year. Please take a look at this thread -> viewtopic.php?f=52&t=3164

Don't wait for a "time" wait for an encoder value to change again. We solved it by:

1. loop until you see a greater than threshold motor value you are looking for.
2. store that value you just saw.
3. keep looking until you see a new different motor encoder value.
4. If it also is a greater than threshold value then you stop the move
5. If it is not also greater than threshold value then go to step 1

We have had no problems since implementing this algorithm.

Jamie Diamond
Cougar Robotics Team (Ring It Up!, Bowled Over!, Get Over It! #4251)
(Smart Moves #127, Climate Connections #437, Power Puzzle #1470)

Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:28 pm
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