Our 2016 robot taught us some great lessons, some that were hard earned during competition and others that had to wait until the time was right. This summer we had the time.
Hotwire Robotics put together a full 2016 Stronghold field at the Oregon State Fair and a bunch of the local team brought
our bots for public demos, drives, and a bit of scrimmaging.
While we spent many summer meetings getting ready, there’s always last minute things to do in the pits, and continuous maintenance once things got underway.
We decided to not attempt to climb, after our calculations showed we didn’t
have the power, so we put gloves on the hooks – which either makes the bot looks like it wants to give you a hug, of maybe something not so friendly.
That said, we gave all who wanted a chance to be in the driver’s seat.
The big surprise for us was not just that we finally got the bot to pick up boulders and shoot under laboratory conditions, but during the fair we started using the camera to manually aim the bot and could consistently make the high goal. We got so good that we could even coach members of the general public to make the goal. We were even able to make the goal from beyond the defenses (not legal in the game, but a great demonstration of our strength.
Kudos to all who worked on the robot last year and this summer. It really is a winner.