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World Competitions, Part 1

Apr 30, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Robot & Team  //  No Comments

Here is the first update from the World Competitions! I would like to say that our practice field is going very well! We have had many teams that have come to use the field, and many people that have thanked us for using the field. We are very happy that people have been able to use the field, and have gotten use from the field. There wer 19 FTC teams the used the field, thats 15% of the teams! (Oh…and one FLL Israeli team). We would like to thank the teams that came to use the field, and we are happy that they were able to use the field: teams 3509, 3748, 2827, 1002, 4442, 3785, 4392, 527, 4076, 14400, 506, 3705, 2844, 3768, 2859, 3123, 31, 178 ,577, 2875. Also, the winning alliance had time to practice on our field, helping them work together and practice for the final round on Saturday! We hope that next year we might have more than one FTC practice field, and maybe some FLL fields to help out the Middles School teams. Next year (hopefully) we will have a better method to have people sign up for the practice field, even if there are more than one FTC field. Awards Ceremony coming up soon!

Last day!

Apr 23, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Robot & Team  //  No Comments

It is the last day before the robot leaves to St. Louis, and we are working frantically at robot central. First, last night we heard that the airport in St. Louis was hit by a Tornado, and that the airport is going to be closed “indefinitely”. We are hoping that this means that the airport will be open by Tuesday. Also, at robot central, we have lost all power and internet. We are running inverters off of batteries (that we will charge later….), and we are using an iPhone to make sure that all computers still have internet access for our SVN. We are keeping our fingers crossed the St. Louis airport will be open so that we can get to the robotics competitions, and that our power comes back on so that we can finish working.

BU Competition

Apr 9, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Robot & Team  //  2 Comments
Surrounded by kids @ BU
Surrounded by kids @ BU

Today we attended a very cool FRC competition at the BU Agganis Arena. It was a state competition for FRC, and we had our mini-bot, part of the FRC team from BUA, compete. It was a thrilling competition, watching all of those robot driving around the field. We had our FTC field set up on the first floor and was showing off FTC along with a few other teams in the area. We were able to meet lots of people who were interested in FTC and FIRST in general, and we are hoping to talk to them in the future to help start more FTC teams (if you were there and you are reading this, please contact us from our contact us page). We had great time watching kids try and drive our Omni-bot; most of them were actually pretty amazing drivers. Future robotic engineers in the making.

MapQuest Part 1

Mar 24, 2011   //   by sam   //   Blogs, Robot & Team  //  1 Comment
Mouse Displaying Picture
Mouse Displaying Picture

MapQuest has started! Well….it was going for a while, yet we have just reached a turning point. Our first sensor, an optical mouse, has been hacked to read directly from the camera module. At the moment….I am not disclosed to say how we are using the sensor….but it will be pretty cool, trust me. We are currently working on a lens system for the mouse (yes…it does have to be made out of Lexan), and we need to view the mouse to do this. We attempted to use an already written program to talk o the mouse, yet it didn’t work. We needed to write all of the code for the Arduino (the board that communicates to the mouse), and we needed to rewrite some of the Java script that was running on the computer to talk to the Arduino and display the picture. And yes….we aren’t going to be using the LED on the mouse, don’t worry. :)
Second part should be coming later this week!

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