This build season is already getting away from us… who can believe there’s only one full week left??

Luckily for me (and Damian) who have really been running out of random banter to post, our robot is basically done (besides encoders), so we can start telling you about the actual mechanisms!

First of all, mecanum, but if you’ve been keeping up, you already know that ;).

Secondly, we created a stacking mechanism not too unlike a tennis ball retriever in concept. It has a flap on a hinge that opens towards the top but doesn’t give towards the bottom, acting as a support over the lip of the totes/garbage cans. In the image below, the stacker is all the way down next to the wheels. And before you ask… yes, our “hinge” is made from shreds of a Home Depot bucket.

Isn’t she a beauty?

We also have a bunch of bonus appendages and a sick autonomous to share with you, but I’ll leave that to Damian XD.

Also, Andrey, Prajesh, and I went up to the Boca/Delray campus today to check out their progress and help out however we could. I must say, I was very impressed with the level of dedication and creativity they have. They’ve made great progress, especially considering they’re a rookie team, and Andrey helped with programming autonomous, I bombarded them with imagery, entrepreneurship, and organizational tasks, and Prajesh and Massimo helped them mount the stacker onto their base. Things are looking great up there too, and I’m super excited for the amazing seasons ahead of both of our teams. Also, mushroom pizza courtesy of Tai. Yum.

Finally, we’ve been working on a pretty exciting video project that *will* be released soon, so stay tuned!


(P.S. Left shark was the real MVP.)

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