Team Nine/Final Paper
From Maslab 2011
Unfortunately our robot did not seem to come together like we had intended. On the day of the final competition we simply did not have a robot ready for the task at hand. For the preliminary round, we lost in both 3 minute sub rounds, scoring zero points. Come the second round we stepped our game up a bit collecting one ball and displacing another. after dropping the one ball we collected, however, we still ended up with zero points. We ultimately tied for last place. Despite our limited success both my team and I can certainly agree that experience was one filled unmatched learning opportunities. It is an entirely hands on project that will force those who are not experienced in the field to learn new skills they will undoubtedly be able to apply in the future. I recommend this to anyone interested. Voltron force, out!
Unfortunately, we ultimately did not have a chance to test and use our AI as hardware issues up until the last hour before impounding prevented us from working with a fully functioning AI. We planned to use a state machine AI. This part of the paper will detail our intended AI design.
This was the initial state we used. There were two possibilities for the final use of this state. Both methods involved the robot attempting to spin in a complete circle, examining its surroundings. In one method, the robot