Video of a systems test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gpkF8Ptau4
Taken at the practice field late Saturday night. The black paneling is temporary and will be replaced by polycarbonate sheathing with our team identification on it. It will continue to be opaque, though.
– 4WD with 1 CIM motor per side, geared at about 8:1. We have “traction control on demand” for straight line acceleration but have found that our drivers like the robot to be a more loose in the turns.
– Conveyor features front and rear, independently driven urethane belted mechanisms, each powered by a FP motor geared at about 39:1. We can load empty cells from the floor and store them in the conveyor and are able to return them to our payload specialist.
– Hopper capacity is 20+ balls and it can unload in 2/2.5 seconds. The hopper is itself a fabric “bag” that is rolled up on a drum to raise its floor to the top of the robot. It is powered by two CIM motors at 8:1, though we’re considering speeding it up some.