Week 5: We Have a Robot

Week 5: We Have a Robot

Week 5: We Have a Robot

We have finally completed something which looks like a robot, with a finished (drivetrain? frame?) and all of the available electronics attached. Progress on the programming for the robot has resumed, and we are steadily advancing towards our goals.

 

Getting the Simple Stuff

The drive controls have officially shipped out, and we should be recieving them within the next couple days. We also ordered new, simple supplies that we didn’t know we needed until last week, such as specific screws so we could fix some of the parts on our robot. Those all have come in, so we have been able to make much more progress with the robot. We also have ordered a base drivetrain for our second robot. In two weeks from this past tuesday, our robot must be bagged and sealed, and we will not be able to touch it. The robot will of course be done by that point, but our pilot will not have enough time to practice moving it around to get good at it before the competition. The extra robot will allow the pilot to learn how to move the robot. Of course, we will first need to decide on someone to be the pilot.

 

It Actually Looks Like a Robot!

The base of our robot is finally finished, with six fully functional wheels and all eleIMG_6376ctronic hardware attached apart from the battery! We were able to move all of the electronics from the original cork board to a real Plexiglas base, and the wheels are connected to a metal frame that surrounds it.  We have also received the joystick with which we plan to maneuver the robot, but this has raised a few questions as to how we plan to control the robot’s arm(s). There are two options: buying a separate joystick, or making the current one control the robot’s movements and its arm(s).If we have just one joystick, it may get confusing for the pilot, as that is a lot to control. But if we opt for two joysticks, we will have to have two pilots, which could get tricky during the competition.

We have also been able to install the intake system! It took us a while (and was much more complicated than it should have been), but we now have it built, and have even connected it to the frame of the robot!

 

Not As Complicated As We Thought

We have finally began to start compiling some general code for our robot, and have quickly found that this will not be nearly as big of a hurdle than we thought. The Libraries that First supplies us with are extremely extensive, and have commands for almost everything we will need, including joystick compatible forward/backward motions and Cartesian coordinates. Once we finally get the battery attached to the robot, we should be able to test some simple “hello world” programs, and quickly build up to more complicated maneuvers, along with working the joystick.

We have finally completed something which looks like a robot, with a finished (drivetrain? frame?) and all of the available electronics attached. Progress on the programming for the robot has resumed, and we are steadily advancing towards our goals.

 

 

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