We name our robots after famous surf breaks: Pipeline (2012), Mavericks (2013) and now Hanalei (2014). Hanalei, Kauai, is a great place to surf with family and friends. In that way, it represents the spirit of cooperation that is essential to Aerial Assist.
Its a retro-reflective sensor, it has a LED in it, and the sensor detects the light being reflected back. Its super easy to use, this one may be a bit different, but the IFM one I use just has to be tuned once. They even blinks at you when you turn on the robot so you can check the sensor during match setup. Shine it on the retro reflector and see it it reads hot.
The hot zone timing is another problem, I need a bigger delay in my auto. Not sure how I am going to make up that time.
We certainly do have the ability to catch. This was one of our major focus points when designing the fold-out rear wall in order to increase our catching area by 20" in each direction. We did originally have similar fold-out side walls that gave us a huge catching area (similar to 33), but we currently do not have them on the robot.
We haven’t tested catching very much (due to the aggressive nature of Arial Assist the line-up is difficult) but we are definitely capable.
That’s a very nice design. Kauai is one of my favorite places to visit.
What is the purpose of the two 1" square tube arms that come up at 0:37, 0:38 and 1:13? Do they modify the ball trajectory or do they keep the ball in the proper location for the shooter arm? What is the purpose of the polycarbonate “hinges” in the middle of those arms?
Thanks. The 1x1 extrusion arms are for both positioning the ball and choosing a trajectory. As for the hinges, they allow the ball to quickly roll over into the catapult while also allowing us to hold the ball securely in place for driving.
The thing at 0:14 is a LEGO robot built to carry the ball. It was just a joke.