From Maslab 2011
Black lion is go.
Yellow lion is go.
Blue lion is go.
Red Lion is go.
Green lion is go.
Ready to form Voltron! Activate interlocks! Dyna-therms connected. Infra-cells up; mega-thrusters are go! Let's go, Voltron Force!
Blue lion: We could only get the Hello world program to run if BotClient was running on BOTH the eeePC and the laptop. Unsure why, but hey, it works.
Yellow lion: Yes, the Hello World program would not operate with a TextChannel alone. We ended up needing a BotClient running on both ends in order to establish a connection.
Green lion: Today, 1/2/11, our pride was split into three. After lecture, both the blue and yellow lion focused on coding, and focused they were indeed. The hello world program on botclient didn't take much time, but talking to the orc board and running the motors posed a serious problem. Luckily the problem seemed to be common among the other teams and it was resolved once everyone realized that it was the new orc board's default ESTOP connection that was defective. The red lion and myself dealt with connecting the uorc, via soldering, to the various components. Outside of the fact that we soldered directly to our orc board at first, everything turned out functional. Our team leader, the black lion, finished mounting the motor brackets and then left us to fight for ourselves in the jungle that is MASLAB! He eventually joined us again and we finally conglomerated to discuss our strategy to protect the universe and compete in the final competition. Solid first day.
Red lion: Still 1/2/11, we had a meeting at Voltron headquarters to discuss strategy and design. We have agreed to go for what we originally planned before IAP, which is a bot that will exclusively go for scoring balls over the yellow dividing wall. We feel this not only maximizes our possible score each round, but also allows us to defend against other robots dumping balls into our half of the field. This way we dont need to discern the colors of our team's ball vs the other teams ball, we just pick up any ball we encounter and put it over the wall. In terms of our structural design, we have decided to use a combination of rollers. We'll have a wide opening in front with a rubber band roller to gather the balls. Then we'll have a large drum roller behind a collecting area for the balls. This drum will carry the balls from the ground level collecting bay to an elevated collecting bay that is slanted downwards towards the front of the bot. Both of these rollers will continuously turn throughout the round to continuously collect balls. The front of our top collecting bay will have a door, hinged on the bottom, about 6" tall. This will lower via a servo to release the balls when we encounter the yellow dividing walls, then tilt back upwards to contain any more balls collected.