To Be More Effective

1) Set yourself up for Small Wins
2) Keep a list of what needs to be done
3) Create a habitual time to get things done, keep your energy in mind
4) Focus on what will not change
5) If you need people’s help, there are two arguments you must make, analytical and emotional
6) People will not change unless the change makes their job easier, you remove all other options, or sometimes if it makes something possible as long as the reward is proximate to the effort
7) Give them charge and then give them room
8) 80/20

TurtleBot 2

ROBOTIS and OSRF, recently announced a TurtleBot 3 (TB3), that will cost around $500. This got me thinking about the previous version, TurtleBot 2(TB2), which was really an evolutionary approach to a creation, driven by a desire for affordability.

The TB2 utilizes a Kobuki Base, for a standalone cost of approximately $350, plus $55 for a charging station(formerly an iCreate 2 base, with an associated cost of $200 inclusive of base).

There are two distributors in North America, Clearpath Robotics, and Dabit Industries, both offer an “essentials kit” as follows.

TurtleBot 2

Features ClearPath Robotics Dabbit Industries
Cost: $1,049 USD Cost: $1,050 USD
Base Kobuki Kobuki
Battery 2200 mAh Li-Po Battery 4400mAh Battery
Charger Fast Charger Docking Station
Mounting Hardware Yes Yes
Other USB TurtleBot Installer USB TurtleBot Installer

Raspberry Pi Wifi Edimax Dongle

Here are the steps it took to get my Edimax EW-7811Un wireless usb adapter up and running:

goto: sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces and update with:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

auto eth0
allow-hotplug eth0
iface eth0 inet manual

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

auto wlan1
allow-hotplug wlan1
iface wlan1 inet static
wpa-conf /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
address XXX.XXX.X.XX #your static IP assigned by router
gateway XXX.XXX.X.XXX #your router

goto: sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf and update with

trl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

ssid=”Wireless Name”
psk=”Wireless Password”

sudo route add default gw XXX.XXX.X.XX
# router

sudo ifdown wlan1
sudo ifup wlan1