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NERD Center

Feb 18, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  No Comments
FTC presentation

FTC presentation

Thursday night, for around three hours, I went to give a presentation about FIRST and FTC to a group at the Arduino Meetup at the Microsoft NERD center. We decided that it would be easier to just drive the robot using an iPhone to the meetup then to carry it, so we decided that we would drive the robot into the meeting center all the way from the front door. This turned many heads; seeing an omni-directional robot driving around onto an elevator, down the hall, and pushing doors open. We received many inquiries into where people can buy the Samantha module, and we didn’t know. Does anyone happen to know where to buy the Samantha module, and how much is it? We had a great time giving the presentation at the Arduino Meetup, and we hope to give more presentations in the future at other meetups, and electronics events. If you would like us to come and talk at an event, please contact us.

First night in Boston

Dec 31, 2010   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media, Robot & Team  //  No Comments

Setting up field

Setting up the field

Wow…today was awesome. We broke down our portable field to bring to First night in Boston, and left at around 10:30 in the morning. Surprisingly no one got lost on the way to the Hynes convention center in Boston. We arrived at the convention center, then had to wait around for the loading dock to open to bring in our minivan filed with FTC field parts. The team members went ahead through the main entrance to meet the parents at the loading dock, only to find that it would take us going through nine different people to even get permission to go to the loading dock (we would especially like to thank Team #1 Unlimited’s mentor for helping us get our field). We then set up the field with two other teams; Team Unlimited from Sharon, and Team Weather from Stow. Once the field was setup, it took us another good hour to get the samantha module’s up and running with our router (we’ll post a tutorial about the module at the end of the season for next year rookie teams).

Robot

Omni-bot 2.0

Once we got the modules up and running, we were finally able to have a “scrimmage” for the first time! It’s pretty invigorating trying to control a robot while there are two other robots driving around a 12’x12′ field. After some time of playing around with the wireless driving, we finally decided to actually test our robot out. We were able to easily balance on the bridge, even with another robot, and we were actually able to get batons out of the dispenser without our alignment program running! We were also able to dispence the batons into the flat goals, and we are very close to dispencing into the rolling goals. During our next meeting we’re going to work on a autonomous program that will be able to dispense from any goal, and a program that will find the goals for us during the driven period to make sure that we are aligned properly. There will hopefully be videos posted on our youtube channel tomorrow after our meeting showing how our programs work for the alignment. Good luck building!
T-minus 2 weeks!

 

VGO Robot!!!

Dec 12, 2010   //   by Aaron   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media  //  No Comments

On Saturday December 4, a video conferencing robot called the VGO arrived at Sam’s house. Why? It is a long story.

In one of the earlier posts Sam talks about an IEEE presentation at Olin College, where Sam, Ben, and I get to test drive the VGO. After the presentation the group learns that our Coach has plans to go to Israel for three weeks (He is currently in Israel.) After learning this we decided to send Tim Root, founder of VGO, an email asking if we could borrow a robot. He replied, “Sure, why not,” and now we have a robot.

Because of various technical difficulties during meetings we have yet to use it to its full potential while talking with our Coach. However we have test driven the Robot, and we are all very impressed.

More info to come.

Science Museum

Dec 2, 2010   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Outreach & Media, Robot & Team  //  No Comments

Science museum robot

Mars simulation robot

A few days ago we hit the science museum. Out coach, Tal, acutally works there in the computer place! So, on Sunday, we woke up extra early to make our way down to Cambridge to see what we cpuld find in the Computer Place. We got to see the MARC bot 2, and got to play around with the Aibo dogs. We also learned how the drive train worked on both robots, although the MARC bot’s drive trin was a little more helpful for our FTC robot. Speaking of which…..our base is finished! We just finished it this week when a new shipment of parts came in. We also got the parts for a baton dispenser/holder, and that should be put together as soon as I finish the SolidWorks model. I currently only have videos of our robot, but I will post in the code section our code for the gyro sensor, and our vector equations for the robot. But until then, happy building!

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