pic: Team 980's arm hitting the stack at 2 seconds on clock

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Our robot, “Yoda” making 1st contact in our 1st match at the Arizona Regional.

In the background, you can see our arm on the big screen just bumping the stack with the official clock at 1:58. Actually we move a bin at 1.97 seconds.

Our partner, Team 624: CRyptonite’s robot is the background. They built a 2 bin stack, AND pushed their way onto the ramp, helping us earn 188 QP’s. Great job, 624!

We’ll look for you in Houston.

WOW! THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY! :slight_smile: :ahh: :yikes:

Above is our robot, “Yoda”, making 1st contact with the stack in our 1st match and 1st regional for 2003 in Arizona.

In the background, you can see the big screen which also shows our arm and the official clock at 1:58. (Interestingly, the arm on the big screen is lagging a little behind our actual arm.)

It took 59 frames on our video (which is 1.97 seconds at 30 frames per sec.) for our arm to hit a bin in the stack and start it tipping over.

touching boxes is ok I guess, but how long does it actually take you to knock them down?

don’t forget how bin placement during hp mode affects your auton

If you didn’t get to watch the Philly Regional web-cast, check out the Brazilian team (383). They have a pretty fast bar action. One thing they did differently is to deploy the bar, and drive towards midfield to knock the bins down. They pretty repeatably get the nearest four stacks.
Great job guys!

WOW
You acutally touched the boxes in 2 seconds!!!

Note: Our autonomous mode was evil for the first 3 matches.

I’ve seen this in action at the Chatsworth scrimmage and it’s extremeley effective and super fast (and a little scary when you’re a ref and it swings above your head but I’m guessing you fixed that all). Great idea, keep it up and good luck at your other comps!!!

*Originally posted by Solace *
**touching boxes is ok I guess, but how long does it actually take you to knock them down? **

In Arizona, we were “scissoring” the stack (knocking it over starting at one end). Below is a picture of our robot “Yoda” and the stack at 3.5 seconds into autonomous:


The “arm” robot on the left is our opponent, Cyber Blue 234’s “Flailer”. Here “Yoda” beat “Flailer” to the punch, but I know Team 234 had enhanced Flailer’s speed by the end of the Arizona Regional.

I am going to create a thread with pictures from this match of “arm against arm”.

*Originally posted by collin234 *
**don’t forget how bin placement during hp mode affects your auton **

We can’t forget. I recall how you successfully messed up our autonomous in our second match against you, and beat us.

By the way, I consider our 1st match against your “Flailer” to be a real classic because both arms swung on the stack.

Anyway, we are tied with you guys in matches, 1 to 1.

As to our autonomous, we made some changes in Arizona, as did you I noticed. Also we have been reviewing video tapes of all our matches, and on Thursday, at the S. Calif. Regional, we will be doing some extensive work on our robot and our autonomous.

Maybe we will meet again on the playing field in Houston for another “shoot-out”.

Regardless, good luck to your team. I am hoping to see an “arm” robot in the playoffs at the nationals–if not “Yoda”, then your “Flailer” or one of the other “arm” robots. (I am still trying to get the video feed to watch Team 71’s “Beast”.)

*Originally posted by Doanie8 *
**I’ve seen this in action at the Chatsworth scrimmage and it’s extremeley effective and super fast (and a little scary when you’re a ref and it swings above your head but I’m guessing you fixed that all). Great idea, keep it up and good luck at your other comps!!! **

It was kinda’ scary at Chatsworth. We had to post someone on the side to make sure no one was in range.

We did some major changes after that, including limit switches to prevent the arm from going out of bounds or rotating the wrong way, and it was handled by the Arizona Regional where we were 4th seed and semi-finalists.

As an aside, one day the rotating motor for our arm had a loose connection and the arm came up but didn’t rotate. The engineer who designed the arm stepped forward to see what the problem was, when wouldn’t you know it, the arm suddenly swung and hit him right between the eyes. He is fine, but he was definitely sore for a few days. I guess there is a lesson to be learned there: loose connections don’t always stay loose.

wows. thats fast. good JOB. =P

*Originally posted by DougHogg *
**As to our autonomous, we made some changes in Arizona, as did you I noticed. Also we have been reviewing video tapes of all our matches, and on Thursday, at the S. Calif. Regional, we will be doing some extensive work on our robot and our autonomous.

**

cool. good luck.

*Originally posted by DougHogg *
Maybe we will meet again on the playing field in Houston for another “shoot-out”.

sounds good to me. we’ll look for ya there.

COME TO THE IRI

Which regional was that? Arent you top heavy with that arm?

Wow, thats fast, faster than Beatty even, but you might be careful with it, our auto mode hits the boxes in 2.75 seconds and Beatty was around 2.5…In the quarter finals at the Mid-West regional we caught their arm on our way over the ramp and flipped them over in auto mode rendering them useless for the rest of the game, be carefull you also don’t become the victim of a very fast very low CG robot.

*Originally posted by Pin Man *
**Which regional was that? Arent you top heavy with that arm? **

That was the Arizona Regional.

We are definitely heavier up top than most of the robots this year, but we never tipped in our 15 matches in Arizona, or in any of our practice matches.

I see…

*Originally posted by Gope *
**Wow, thats fast, faster than Beatty even, but you might be careful with it, our auto mode hits the boxes in 2.75 seconds and Beatty was around 2.5…In the quarter finals at the Mid-West regional we caught their arm on our way over the ramp and flipped them over in auto mode rendering them useless for the rest of the game, be carefull you also don’t become the victim of a very fast very low CG robot. **

We were just watching SOAP108’s video’s of Beatty (Team Hammond #71). (Finally got Windows Media Player working on my Mac but had to reload the movies every time until just now when I finally found a way to download the movies.)

The “Beast” looks very fast. In fact in the videos, it looks just as fast as our arm, and their swing is concluded faster. It would be another interesting match if we wind up competing with them. Of course, one of these days we will be allied with another arm and that would be interesting as well.

We watched videos of Team 16 also. Amazing how you scream around that corner! If it isn’t a trade secret, how do you do that? I would love to see your matches in the elimination rounds, but I couldn’t find them. If the elimination rounds for the MidWest are online somewhere, I would love to hear about it.

Anyway, thanks for the forewarning. We haven’t tipped yet and it would be nice to continue that trend. Hopefully our arm would glance off you and bounce up, since we hit higher on the stack than Beatty.

See you in Houston. I think it’s going to be very interesting this year.

Doug:

Soap108.com has updated their site, and have uploaded the elimination matches. I suggest you watch QF4.1! :wink: You’ll notice that 71 positioned their robot opposite ours for QF4.2 (their auton worked nicely that time).

Look forward to seeing you again at Nationals!

*Originally posted by Matt Brinza *
**Doug:

Soap108.com has updated their site, and have uploaded the elimination matches. I suggest you watch QF4.1! :wink: You’ll notice that 71 positioned their robot opposite ours for QF4.2 (their auton worked nicely that time).
**

Thanks Matt,

I received an email from shawny963 of Team 930, one of your alliance partners from the MidWest, letting me know about the videos, and I just watched SF2m2. I sure do like your robot! Awesome!

I haven’t seen QF 4.1 yet. It is hereby moved to the top of my list.

*Originally posted by Matt Brinza *
**Look forward to seeing you again at Nationals! **

Hey, we are looking forward to seeing you. I hope that we are in the same division. In fact, Team 16 is our number one choice for a running partner, if the fates are so kind to us. Of course the odds are against us being in the same division and everyone will have to see how various robots will work together. We understand that. But we are making some very interesting enhancements on Thursday at the S. Calif. Regional, and we plan on being very much in the running in the Nationals. Time will tell, but being partnered with you guys would be amazing.

See you in 10 days. (Wow, we are going to be busy for the next while.)