2/1/18 – The area for testing and driving the robot has been rearranged into an enclosed rectangle with one table missing for walking in and out without having to move legs or the bot over the tables. The table saw has been finished in construction and is fully operational for the cutting of parts. The robot’s plastic frame is secured in with red duct tape as placeholder as well as the safety light at the top right of the robot’s frame (seen from back). When turned on, the safety light is fully capable of glowing and currently blinks whilst admitting an orange glow. The battery within the battery box has also been secured with the red tape to prevent it from moving whilst the robot’s movement is being tested. The other engineers in the robotics group are working with metal poles and removing various nails and screws from them. As it currently stands, the cube is only grabbable from the sides, as attempting to grab a corner results in it being pushed away from the robot, this is something to keep in mind whilst creating the catapult and grabbing system. Other progress is as follows:
- More zip-ties added to radio to further secure it into the robot.
- Additional programmers have been added to the team and are being taught the various ins and outs of java.
- Multiple students are testing out the controls of the robot.
- A program for a joystick (non video game controller, rather like atari) is up for testing on the bot.
- A second controller that functions similarly to the Xbox 360 Controller (but different) was tested with the same program, but only one stick was able to move.