The Robonauts Everybot, costing less than $1000, is an affordable, robust, and simplistic robot that can be built with nothing but basic tools and items found in either the kit of parts, purchased from your local hardware store, or an online retailer such as AndyMark, Vexpro, McMaster-Carr, etc. We hope to help students and teams find their stride in FRC regardless of their circumstances or practical limitations. In the 2020 season, over a hundred teams built off of the Robonauts Everybot concept, and we are excited for what the 2021 season holds.
In our analysis of Infinite Recharge at Home, we’ve found that a subset of robot capabilities of the 2020 Everybot design will be capable of being competitive in three of the five challenges. Everybot 2021 will be a sleeker, lighter, and faster version of Everybot 2020, allowing teams to add the ability to climb and score in the bottom port in the event that in-person tournaments are possible later in the year. Normally our goal with this initiative is to enable teams that follow our plans to play in their local finals matches as well as have a place on an alliance at a championship. Everybot 2020 fulfilled this goal and will still do so in a potential 2021 in-person competition season. This year, we hope that teams that build from our plans can place in the top ten teams in their group.
The 2021 Robonauts Everybot will play the Galactic Search Challenge, AutoNav Challenge, and Hyperdrive Challenge for Infinite Recharge at Home.
Next weekend, CAD, a bill of materials, software, and documentation of how we built Everybot will be posted in this thread and on our website, 118Everybot.org. We will also post a video of Everybot accomplishing the three at-home challenges.
Please do not let the community’s excitement for the new FRC challenges cause your team to feel pressure to start building robots before you decide it is safe. COVID-19 is affecting teams and regions differently, and the situation is changing by the day. It is important that everyone in the FRC community does their part in protecting themselves and those around them. We hope that teams assess how they are promoting safe practices in accordance with local guidelines as driven by experts in the field of public health. For widely accepted and up-to-date information and guidelines, the CDC is a great place to look. For many teams, it is not a good idea to be meeting in large gatherings at this time. However, Infinite Recharge at Home can be a great opportunity for teams to engage their students in an exciting design challenge given appropriate precautions.