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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Brings a whole new meaning to "wiring," doesn't it?

It looks very swampy. Nice job!
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Very aggressive looking robot you got there. Does team 179 have a group whose purpose is to make sure the robot is intimidating-looking? Also, I've only been in this game for 5 years, but I'm sure this is the first robot I've seen which uses chicken wire! (Thunderchickens beware?)
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

its not chicken wire its poultry netting you can also use it on turkeys and ducks
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Did your programmers use Kevin Watson's code, or did you do an "in-house" solution?
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

I believe they started with Kevin's 2 versions (bells and no bells) but I know They made a lot of changes and then apparently had to completely write a new tracking part. It's impressive to to me since we (179) have never successfully used sensor feedback in a robot design, and this thing is covered with sensors. It also is using the gear tooth sensors. They have each system in PID loops and they (the programmers) use big words like "referential integrity" and "differential gain" that make it soften the locking process (which can get violent). But you can push it while it wants to lock on the light and it just keeps re-centering, but you also have the foot to contend with. Charlie (our code mentor) is amazing at this stuff - he was on team 267 Demolition squad years ago, and now were lucky to have him.
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Boy does that sound familiar!
For some reason, both last year and this year I had to rewrite the camera communication and tracking routines.

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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Here's some video from our "scrimmage". At the end you see one of the early Autonomous routines, but you can kind of tell in the picture vs. the video the shooter has been changed. It feeds balls real fast now
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Did when I opened it Looks great Swampthing, but I wouldn't expect less.
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Wow... nice bot. But it doesn't look like a swampbot from years past... specifically 2004. I was impressed by the shear look of that robot. One of my favorites of all time. Maybe it's not green enough. Still look awesome though. Good job guys and gals.
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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

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Wow... nice bot. But it doesn't look like a swampbot from years past... specifically 2004. I was impressed by the shear look of that robot. One of my favorites of all time. Maybe it's not green enough. Still look awesome though. Good job guys and gals.
We kinda ran out of time, didn't have the time to take it apart again to paint it

But at Florida Regionals we did add a lot of black plastic netting, so it looks a little bit more distinguished...look for us at Nationals
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I'd really like to, I may have to sneak away from our devision to see it, though. If first continues doing the divisions in the same way, our teams won't be in the same division unless 178 comes to the party, they earned a spot but I don't think they're using it. In which case we would definitely be in the same division.

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Re: pic: 179's Swampthing 2006!

Nice robot you got there. I've seen some robots that have the particular system just like that that have been doing well. Do well at nationals!
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