Most of today was spent working on the 4-bar prototype.
We will continue working on iterating collector prototypes this week. We will also work on some programming tasks, including finding a sensor-based solution to aligning the robot to a tote. Our idea uses two range finders to get the distances of the left and right sides of the robot from the tote and has a control loop set them to be equal. We hope to test this by the end of the week.
Lots of good work is being done, but now we are working on finding any little details that might help us speed up our scoring. One of today’s ideas was for the robot to be able to set a tote on top of a stack, lower its arm, and lift the stack — all while remaining stationary. This an ambitious feature, but it would allow much faster and more accurate stacking.
“The joy of the creative process, minute by minute, hour after hour, day by day, is the sublime path to true happiness.”
– George Lois