I’ve been looking about the web and found some pretty odd things built with FRC parts, including a robotic couch, mecanum forklifts, and more. What’s the coolest non-competition object you’ve seen made entirely or partially with FRC parts?
Its really not that hard to do. In the past ive used software called glove pie. It takes inputs from Wiimotes and Wii balance boards and can output as a keyboard, mouse, or emulated joystick. Glove pie has a built in code generator but it can only go so far. The syntax is very straight forward and the documentation isn’t bad.
It wasn’t entirely FRC legal parts, but I once built and FRC-style backpack compressor with an Arduino-controlled cooling fan that drew more power than the compressor itself at full blast… and generated about 1 pound of force of upward thrust. No, the backpack did not fly. But it did everything to increase that 9% duty cycle.
There was also the time I attempted to build and program a Segway-style drivebase for FRC, but never got that balancing loop programmed and tuned in right. However, that ADIS16448 worked like a charm. Maybe a degree of drift after 2 minutes, you couldn’t really see it.
423 built a go cart robot that we used to drive around the halls during school and race kids running the track during gym. I personally built a ~1x2’ mecanum robot I used to drive in circles around people walking in the hallways and cause general confusion. School-wide wifi and security cameras meant I could drive it around from the other side of the school with fair visibility and a good wifi connection.
Our first version of the go cart was basically a more ghetto version of that. We started with an old mecanum robot, took off all the manipulators, zip-tied on a folding chair, and drove around on it. It worked pretty well till one of the zip ties slipped and the driver and chair fell backwards off an accelerating robot. Yours looks a lot nicer.