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Sweepy Bot


Entry ID #: 16
Created: Thu, Apr 9, 2009 11:52 AM

Building is never a clean process. At the end of every day, whether it be VEX, FRC, Botball or FLL, we find ourselves sitting in a pile of nuts, screws, and other parts that spread themselves in a fine carpet over the floor. We don’t mind it, but the teachers and staff certainly do. To appease them, we end up running around like headless chickens randomly stuffing as many parts as we can into our closet so they can safely walk by. To kill two birds with one bot, we designed a mechanism to do so and to clean up after itself.

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   GoFoBroke on 04/13/2009

Sorta... Its more like our original idea of the autonomous touching the sensor and backing up and turning, sorta like those robotic vacuum things, but with touch sensors. Then we decided on the Sonar, instead of picking up directly we wanted it to turn and go || to the wall. Also if there is something sticking out from the wall on either side, the touch sensors will pick it up, even if the sonar doesn't. MHS is sorta right, but his use of the words tall and short aren't really correct...

   dluu13 on 04/12/2009

pretty good autonomous

   GoFoBroke on 04/11/2009

Ya, thats kinda smart.... scratching school floor outside the room, would not be good.. though on the table, it would proly be fine :D, and it is

   mathwiz20 on 04/11/2009

Yes, someone threw them in. We didn't want to scratch the glass by driving. That was to show how trash is swept up from an underside view. In a real scenario, yes, the robot would be moving, and the pieces would probably move slower, but you can at least see the concept in the video.

   jfeord14 on 04/11/2009

yes somebody did throw them in, you could tell the robot wasn't moving

   jfeord14 on 04/11/2009

autonomous could be more efficient, and when it showed the underside sweeping up the gears it looked like someone threw them in, hmm