2010 in review

January 2, 2011 · 2 minute read

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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Brand new videos !

November 30, 2010 · 1 minute read

It’s a pleasure to announce the immediate availability of 2 new videos. The first one was originally made to recruit new members for the ClubElek’s team. It was later modified to be part of a CD we offer to our sponsors. I really think the video made it’s purpose as there’s a troop of new people coming each week to our chamber of secrets ( also known as the ClubElek’s cave) ;)

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Start coding with OpenCV and VS2010 in no time

October 3, 2010 · 4 minute read · Tags: OpenCv , Visual Studio

It’s usually very time-consuming to start a new project because you have to manually add the libs and include directories. And when there’s a lot of them. It’s a headache. Fortunately CMake has made this a really easy step. You only create the CMakeLists.txt file where your project properties reside and CMake does the rest. In this tutorial I’ll try to explain how to get up and running in no time with OpenCV and Visual Studio 2010.

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Eurobot 2011

September 28, 2010 · 1 minute read

The ClubElek team will be a proudly 2011 contestant. The rules have just been disclosed and we’re already working as hard as we can to improve the technology we’ve developed and to innovate in new areas.

We’re ready to rock and roll !!

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A new year for ClubElek

September 28, 2010 · 1 minute read

A new year starts for Clubelek, that’s why we’ve created a poster to recruit the most ambitious, the most creative and the most motivated people out there. Hope you like it : Click the image to see it in full resolution. If you’re interested and you live nearby, don’t hesitate. Come and see what Clubelek is all about ! I cant' finish this post without thanking Matthieu for his ideas and his advice.

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PDF to Excel converter

June 19, 2010 · 3 minute read

PDF is a very popular file format, created by Adobe in 1993. Its purpose is to create documents that will look exactly the same everywhere, even when printed. The only problem is that usually, the information contained in this type of files is not easily modified nor extracted by a machine. As expected the information it contains is arranged in a way it makes it easy to display the document, but makes it almost impossible to be read without a PDF reader.

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Phiball, the game

June 11, 2010 · 1 minute read

Born as an informatics project, a new game has arrived: Phiball.

It’s the result of the work and effort of a very active and motivated team.

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Coupe de France de Robotique 2010, summary

May 16, 2010 · 1 minute read · Tags: Clubelek , Coupe de France de Robotique , Eurobot 2010

This week was the culmination of months of work. La coupe de France de Robotique is the event where all ~160 teams gather themselves to show off their creations.

Of all 121 teams that were approved to compete, ClubElek finished in 9th place !! Which isn’t bad at all ;). The final results are here.

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Coupe de France de Robotique 2010

May 11, 2010 · 1 minute read · Tags: Eurobot , Eurobot 2010

The next annual French Robot Cup has arrived! A lot of development has been going on for over several months, lots and lots of line of code have been written and debugged. It’s now time to show the world what we’ve done.

The robot is capable of:

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The clubelek robot, goes up the hill

March 4, 2010 · 1 minute read · Tags: Eurobot 2010

Today, after fixing some bugs in the polar feedback control loop. I decided to test the new control loop within the slope. I quickly coded a trajectory that makes the robot go up the slope, keeps it steady a couple of seconds and finally makes it go down. The result:

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