Author: Lucy Nguyen
For the past month, Corsair Robotics has been hard at work building our robot and improving it. And though we are constantly adding on features and upgrading current one, this is the overview of 2612 Corsair Robotics' fruit of labor:
Our robot utilized a conveyor mechanism, which uses AndyMark motors, PVC rollers and, on our newest updates, surgical tubing to pick up balls and shoot them into the trash cans. In addition, we have added a wood plank to the conveyor to speed up and ease the process of rolling the balls horizontally, which became necessary when we adjusted the angle of the conveyor from 45 degrees to 90 degrees.
Our robot is controlled by a cortex, its brain, which tells the motors and all the electronic components what to do. To support this incredibly crucial element is a 7.2 V battery and a 9 V battery as a backup. Our robot is programmed to drive in Arcade drive. In the drive joystick, the left control sticks allow the robot to go forward and backward, and the right enables it to go sideways. As for the operator joystick, The left control the conveyor and the buttons control the wheelchair wheels. This is also a new addition to our initial design. Our original design was to have the robot pick up the balls and then dumping it into the trash cans. In order to raise the robot's efficiency, we gave it a mechanism to pull in the trash cans and keep it with the robot as it goes around collecting scores.
Corsair's robot has seven speed controller on seven motors. They are powered by a 12 V DC battery. To aid with grip and maneuver, we use Omni-wheels in the front and the back wheels as well as two traction wheels in the middle. We have a six-wheel chassis as our robot's frame base and furthermore, it is equipped with a two-wheel drive and four CIM motors for the drivers. Finally, as according to Team 2612 Corsair Robotics's tradition, we installed some blue LED lights.
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