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What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

What would be the best device herd the balls?

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Re: What would be the best way to get the balls to the human player?

Push them into the ball corral???
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Re: What would be the best way to get the balls to the human player?

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Push them into the ball corral???
I think thelaststride meant the best 'device'
Agreed.. the terminology isn't all that good
I think he/she is referring to the best mechanism

Oh well, I'd certainly want a wider front to push the balls into the chute
So, a plow of some kind, or arms that extend

Well, it has its own pros and cons
It would mean less maneuverability and problems climbing the stair

Well, so you might want something retractable

Just some thoughts....
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

Wormholes and rifts in space-time are always popular choices.
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

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Wormholes and rifts in space-time are always popular choices.
hmmmmm right right, but actually, i would prefer cosmic strings (little more predictable) ;-)
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

Sparky, the robotic sheep dog ?
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

during the off season we took the 2x4 alum beams and the FIRST gear boxes from last year, and build a pratice/default base frame for driver pratice and testing control stuff - its a 2 wheel drive w/1 castor simple bot, we named it Frank after our sponsor night factory supervisor

we tried pushing balls around with Frank last week wednesday, with bars on the front, and a U-shaped collector, that let the balls roll on the floor

and we quickly learned the balls jam and wedge very easilly if you simply try to push them around.

we came to the conclusion that to have any control over the balls you will have to capture them inside your machine - that means a floor or storage area, and some way to push the balls into that space, and a way to get them back out - if you simply try to drive into the balls the will either wedge or bounce away.
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

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You just know some team is going to name its robot that now...
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

Wings that extend out of the sides of your robot to give you 7 1/2 feet of pushing space.
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

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hmmmmm right right, but actually, i would prefer cosmic strings (little more predictable) ;-)
Butrandomly shifting between timelines and universes is part of the fun!

Your robot could herd the balls BEFORE your match. Or simply go back in time to be in multiple places at once.

You'd definitely make quarter-finals.
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

In a response that may be of some use to you "thelastride" Look at old bots from past seasons in galleries such as firstrobotics.net or here on chief delphi at ball pickeruppers from the past, look at 2000 and 2002 specifically as there were more ball pickers then, there were a few from 2001 as well. Thats if you want to pick up balls
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

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Butrandomly shifting between timelines and universes is part of the fun!

Your robot could herd the balls BEFORE your match. Or simply go back in time to be in multiple places at once.

You'd definitely make quarter-finals.
Maybe you could get lost in time and create your own deminsion and win every game in your imaginary world? After all, imaginary worlds ARE the best places to be. I should know.
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Re: What would be the best device to herd the balls? Please respond!!!

Personally i like the idea of the space/time theory. But i also wouldn't mind getting lost in my imaginary world. But really i am just hoping that you haven't figured out the whole space/time "thing."
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I hear it now ... bagpipes ...

"Introducing the red alliance. All the way from the rolling hills of Scotland, The Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd ... with their robot, Little. Bo. Peeeeeeep."

I see kilts and a control system mounted on a big white staff ...
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I hear it now ... bagpipes ...

"Introducing the red alliance. All the way from the rolling hills of Scotland, The Herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd ... with their robot, Little. Bo. Peeeeeeep."

I see kilts and a control system mounted on a big white staff ...
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