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Year Of Creation 2005-2006
Latest Revision deprecated
Revision Years NA-NA
Information and Statistics
Farthest Distance NA
Fastest Time NA
Highest Finish AutoNav NA
Highest Finish Design NA


IGVC 2006

  • Results
    • Distance: 0 feet
    • Design Competition Placement: 13th in design group (454 / 800 points)
    • AutoNav Competition Placement: 28th (last)



At Competition

Mechanical Design & Issues

Trixxie is a basic cube-shaped robot with two motors mounted on the front. The base has three layers in ascending order: a level for holding Trixxie's heavy batteries, a mid level for holding electronics and the laptop, and a top level on which a payload may sit.

Electrical Design & Issues

The electronic hardware of the IGVC robot is built around a central laptop. The laptop provides a central processing unit for all data aquired from the modules.

View a schematic diagram of the modules, power distribution, and code.

Laptop Hardware Specs

Internal Access:

  • Processor
    • Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.40GHz
  • Physical Memory
    • 512 MB RAM
  • IDE Master
    • 30GB ATA-5 4200RPM HD
    • File system partition = dev/hda2 18GB

External Access: The inputs and outputs of the laptop are described by which physical side of the laptop on which they occur.

  • Rear
  1. DC-in Jack
  2. Parallel Port
  3. External Display Port (AGP)
  4. Video Out Port (S-Video)
  5. Serial Port
  6. Two USB Ports - Each supports USB 1.0 and 2.0
  7. Modem Jack
  8. Network Jack
  9. PS/2 Port
  • Left
  1. Security Keylock
  2. Firewire Port (IEEE 1394)
  3. Audio Line-in Jack
  4. Audio Line-out Jack
  5. Volume Control Knob
  6. 3.5 Inch Floppy Drive
  • Right
    • PC Card Slot - Accepts one Type III PC card or two Type I/II PC cards
  • Front
    • IDE Slave
    • DVD/CDRW-

Laptop Software

Under Construction - To add a how-to for using the GUI, descriptions of the files, and additional software development tools.

OS: The IGVC laptop is running Debian Linux kernel v. The KDE v.3.3 desktop environment is also running on the machine.

GUI: To activate the GUI, open a UNIX terminal, navitage to laptop_svn, and type ./IGVC.


  1. Capture video data through IEEE 1394

Software Design & Issues

Most of the code this year was written by Ben, David, or Spencer. Much of this code was also inherited from the 2004-2005 year. There are notes on that code here: File:Notes on Ben's Code.pdf.

The code is stored in an SVN repository:

URL: svn://
Username/Password: Talk to David, Spencer, or Michael to get one.

2005 Class Diagram

The following image sequences were taken on 10/08/2005 as test footage for creating vision algorithms.

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Animations were assembled and uploaded by David, using the ConcatenateMovieSegments program.

Additional Information

Team Members