Another fantastic day at Gatorbotics!!
Last week’s consensus
We’ve decided to focus the design of our robot around climbing the pyramid at the end of the game. This is an all-or-nothing strategy for gaining points, but the Gatorbotics team is up for the challenge and overflowing with ideas and prototypes!
In our very first Design Review session of the year, we discussed which combinations of functions our future robot might undertake. Since it’s been decided that our robot will be designed primarily around climbing to the top, dumping the frisbees at the top is something that we obviously need to do for max points. The same goes for feeding, since it’s a freebie for obtaining frisbees.
So dumping and feeding will be incorporated to our design—it’s decided. Now, the question lies in whether the team wants to add on another feature (frisbee pick-up or frisbee shooting) or not:
- no other feature
- picking up
We shall decide what we want to do after running through our prototypes… which will be further explored soon! For now we have:
PROTOTYPES – Climbing
- Claw and arm: magnetic claw? “Horizontal” wings that stabilize robot as it ascends, claw clasps onto a “vertical” pole above the first rung. ∆! Problem! Rules say that the robot can only touch two levels. The ground is level 0, and anything above the first rung is level 2. Which means, we cannot latch onto anything above the first rung before we get the robot off the ground. How will we solve this?
- Vertical tractor: bars push onto first rung, heaves robot up, use chain for second pair of bars to come around and engage with second rung, new bars push onto second rung, heave robot up, etc. Treads vs. chain… Magnet idea returns!
- Pivoting “twist and lift” model: arm latches, robot flips up, arm on other side of robot latches to next level, robot flips up, etc. Parents are skeptical of whether we’ll have enough torque to flip the robot up. But we’ve found videos that show it can work!
- Prototype number 2 is in their favor…
- Good progress!
Further prototyping, more concrete evidence, and clearer visuals to come by Saturday!