February 10, 2016 – Wednesday Meeting Recap

Programmers continue to give 100% towards coding autonomous mode and visual acquisition. Small changes are being made to the robots in between drive team practice runs.

Programmers are now working with 2 kangaroo computers to code visual acquisition. The code for it on the catapult prototype works to make the camera physically capture video but there have been a few issues with getting the images to feed back to the drivers station. Another group of programmers is coding the potentiometer which controls the range of motion on the catapult prototype and will stop it from smashing into the chassis and damaging it. Others continue to set up a system on which the team can choose what automode they want to run easily.

Programmers
Programmers

The fabrication team rebuilt the rock wall. It is now made of many pieces of wood stacked on top of each other instead of being hollow, therefore it is less likely to break again. The metal rod was swapped out on the low bar for tape so the team can still test to make sure robots go under it without fear of having the metal bar fall. Tape was also attached to the wheel shooter to prevent damage to boulders. Fabricators fixed gear boxes on that prototype and made the chains shorter.

Repairing Gear Boxes
Repairing Gear Boxes
Making the New Rock Wall
Making the New Rock Wall
Shortening Chains
Shortening Chains

Instead of having timed trial runs today, the drive team focused on positioning and timing itself. They were able to practice making goals with the wheel shooter and drove the catapult robot over defenses. Its design proves faulty as boulders often fall out of it while going over bumps.

Driver's Station
Driver’s Station

The design team worked on CADing out multiple versions of the climbing arm and did research on the LED ring. A large group of members worked on producing safety videos today as well.

Safety Videos! (Behind The Scenes)
Safety Videos! (Behind The Scenes)

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