RoverWing

A shield for Adafruit's Feather boards for making complex robots with ease

Oct 02, 2020

Programming Jig and Video Tutorials

by David Bershadsky

Programming Jig

As we made prototype after prototype of the RoverWing board, we quickly realized that one of the biggest challenges during the process of delivering the RoverWings would be the process of flashing the firmware to all of the PCBs as well as verifying that none of the PCBs are defective. Without any specialized tools this process would take about 5-10 minutes per PCB. This does not sound like a lot but when you need to flash and verify 50 or even hundreds of boards, the time quickly adds up. To solve this issue we took the time to design a flashing and testing jig for the RoverWing PCB onto which the PCB can be simply dropped, programmed, and tested in rapid succession, greatly reducing the amount of time needed to get each RoverWing ready to ship out the door. We are close to finalizing the design for our PCB testing and programming jig and hope to have it ready within the next few weeks - before we receive the assembled boards. This brings the RoverWing project yet another step closer to being ready to get PCBs into the hands of eager backers.

Current testing jig design.

Video Tutorials & Documentation

Another development concerns the documentation for RoverWing. We already have very detailed documentation available at https://roverwing-board.readthedocs.io, but we know that many users prefer video tutorials to text documentation. Thus, we are happy to announce that we have decided to make a small series of video tutorials, helping the users to utilize the RoverWing to its highest potential.


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