Now that all the comps are over and we aren’t gonna see much more of teams’ ‘06 bots (except for some off-season events maybe), I still didn’t see that many robots. Therefore, I wanted to know about other bots are out there that I didn’t have a chance to see and are completely awsome:
Which teams’ bots did you think were simply amazing, almost flawless; bots that were so effective overall that you wish you thought of their design. Please post reasons for your picks and maybe even a special feature on the robot that impressed you. Also, I know that there were tons of great bots, but I meant for this thread to have the best bots. Keep in mind that its almost impossible to see every regional and get to see every bot.
Here are my pics in no particular order…they are all here for different reasons (I’m sure I’m forgetting some):
25:Their robot was a piece of art. Their ball feeder to their shooter was simple and effective. It was one of the best engineering solutions to this years game. Also, they are so strong and fast, I couldn’t believe it. Their drive train also is strait forward and very effective, not to mention their handy brakes. Their overall design was so clean and professional looking. They also used the camera really well (as several teams did) in controlling their huge turret, which I thought was a sight to see. Their robot seemed to be teasing how effortlessly it could shoot balls into the 3 point goal.
The triplets: Their robot design was so solid and sturdy, nothing on the frame of their robot seemed to break, not even when they tipped. Having their robots looking so intact and ready to go to me seemed like a miracle, especially because they went through three regionals.
I loved how when they would human load, they would start loading their balls up their ball chute, ready to be shot by their four spinning wheels. When shooting, balls seemed to glide out of their robot–very smooth. Their accuracy and sturdiness was amazing, and they were almost impossible to move. Another feature I fell in love with on their robot is their automatic aiming system, where their camera would take over and aim the robot. Their autonomous modes were devastating to the other teams; in Newton when 1503 used their autonomous mode where they would go straight out and then turn 90 degrees toward the goal, they were never thrown off course, even when hit multiple times.
322:This robot has to be the fastest robot I’ve seen all season. They were so good at hoarding all the balls from the field and can turn on a dime. Their robot seemed so well built and they can turn on a dime. Also, they can turn on a dime.
254/968: Though they didn’t use a turret or a camera to control their robot, they were scoring powerhouses nonetheless. If you let them onto the ramp for a few seconds, the match is over. I loved how fast balls would fly out of their robots into the goal, it was incredible. Not only were they were effective at scoring, but they were also some of the fastest bots on the field. This was demonstrated at Silicon Valley when 254 would fly back to the other side of the field to get on their ramp in the last seconds of a match.
111: Wild Stang’s robot this year was very effective. They were fast, and could score very accurately. Their camera-controlled turret was very sensitive and aimed their turret very accurately. Some things of their robot were eerily similar to ours, like how they got the balls to their shooter and their shooter and turret set up. I loved their wheelie bar to support themselves when going up the ramp. This was because their robot is wider than it is long. I’m guessing this is so that more balls can be collected. I’ve never seen a robot wider than it is long, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t think about that to collect more balls at a time. Very effective.
195:I loved how effective their robot is when in autonomous mode and using various sensors. Their contraption to release the balls from their robot lowers so smoothly, I thought it was done very nicely.
I know there are so many other great bots…but I’m not gonna name all of the ones I think were good…I want to see what bots you think were the best!