I felt that week 4 went really quickly for me despite all the different things that we did that nothing really seemed novel to me, maybe is it because I have gotten used to the life here? I feel the largest reason for myself feeling stagnant is that in our project we have uncovered our biggest technical issues which revolves around not finding a code to allow us manually control the tello drone, connecting the multiple drones to one computer and if we can’t connect all of them to one then connect multiple screens to one monitor.
OK!! Aside from the difficult issues that we had, I also won the bowling game we had on Thursday and the most bowling experience I had was from Wii Sports so I’m pretty happy about that.
P.S (We started a game right after so the last games scores are the top yellow.)
P.S.S (I stands for Inshira- just to make sure)
On Tuesday we started to design the this year’s summer t-shirt and the rule is that we must come to an even consensus on the base color of the t-shirt, secondary color of the t-shirt, and the art on the front and back of the shirt. Unfortunately, we only had a hour to discuss and I honestly felt like it was the most difficult discussion that we had. We had multiple votes and many people with far outliers and made the decision very difficult. However, I believe we more or less settled for a dark gray base color with a turquoise secondary color with an art made by Kira. I’m looking for to what the end result will look like.
As progress in my major of computer science I have seen a very large issue that I have compared to everyone else, and that is my inability to type without looking. My school district was not very keen on encouraging children to learn so many people ended up not learning how to type. However, in my first year of college I seen how crucial it is to be able to type unconscionably so instead on focusing on looking at the keyboard you could keep your attention on the screen looking at the code. I am currently taking a typing instructional class that goes over two keys at a time and provides exercises with words that contain the letters you have learned. So far I have learned the home row and the index & middle finger extensions (basically the middle of the keyboard). I hope to fully learn how to type all the keys without looking and when I do I will probably make a post without looking.
Today we learned how to operate Unity which is a very interesting game making program. Out all of the different classes we have had so far which is Maya, Solidworks and C++ I believe Unity is the most fun and interesting. There are many tutorials and guides to do in Unity, they range from making 2D games to interactive 3D games to incredibly realistic 3D art. What is the best thing about Unity is that the means of installing Unity is basically free so it is an amazing thing to spend your free time on.
So far we’ve gotten the drones to fly and show streaming video via connection of a computer monitor through the use of go programming code. Now the biggest challenge is to make the programming code work with two of them at the same time. So now we have two tello drones to work with and a additional WiFi connector. Hopefully by by next we we are able to successfully connect the drones to a single montior and be able to create a zip file that contains all the installers so we can allow a different computer the ability to control the drones also.
I almost forgot that this was coming up this year. I plan to watch as many games as I can, however both USA and Ghana were kicked out of the Cup so I have no personal bias to any of the teams playing so I plan to simply watch. Eight years ago my parents home country Ghana was about break African history by being the first African country to make it to the semi-finals. Their match was against Uruguay and was a tied 1 to 1 game near to the end of the game, around the last few minutes Ghana made a strong push to score the goal which revolved around multiple shots against the goalie and the defenders feet away from the goal. Unfortunately Ghana made a shot that should have been considered a goal but a Uruguay player who was not the goalie used their hand to throw it out. Normally that should have still been a goal but due to the decision of the referee it was changed to a penalty kicked that was missed and resulted in the unfair loss of Ghana and the dream of an African country participating in the semi finals. That my most memorable experience of the World Cup, mostly surrounding everyone in my family scream and cry in anger. so now I plan to watch it for watching sake :).
So far this week we have gotten really close to implementing the drones. I have finally downloaded all the software to make the drone operate based on the code I run. The only issue now is how to use the coding language is really undefined so I need to do more investigating to learn how to make it do novel things.
We are almost done regarding the structure of the project. The group plans to have the IRB written up by the end of this week so our goal is to finalize our thoughts of how we want the research to end up. Another task to do is to is to learn how to code the drones in go programming,which is a slight adaptation to C++ but more annoying in a sense where they couldn’t have written it in C++ >:/ . But I fell that once we finish these we will be on a set course of interactive trails for our research.
The goals we have for this week is to finalize the IRB draft and the abstract for our experiment. Dr. Stone told us how they had already done a similar type of study, therefore we could request for the guidelines of our research to be included. Another goal we have in mind is to successfully learn how to code the Tello drones using go programming.
I feel like this will be a lot to do, but after we are able to complete it we will be able to take the drones to the sheriff’s office and fly them there! I think once we be able to finish all the paperwork, we will be able to freely experiment with the drones.
For the Intro to HCI course our homework was to find two interfaces that were not convenient, so my two are the door handles for the Chipotle near south Walmart and the sinks in Frederickson Apartments.
The door handles are a bad interface because they don’t tell you if it is push or pull so many people are unlucky when they choose the wrong 50% chance which is push from inside and pull from outside.
The sink is a bad interface because the faucet takes up most of the sink space, not allowing you to do anything requires your face close to the sink (splashing your face, shaving and etc.)