Everything’s much easier when you have friends to support you! This time, 3d-caddit lent us a hand – though as you’ll see on the image, kind of literally! 🙂
3d-caddit was kind enough to donate us ABS filament for MakerBot. Because of that, we were able to print some components for our robots’ mechanisms. On the image on the right, you can see a robotic arm which will be used for some of the games in the competition.
Thanks 3d-caddit! Hopefully, this will help us ‘catch’ some points! 😉
RLS has been very kind to provide us with a set of rotary magnetic encoders. These encoders are something new and exciting, and are probably not something you’re used to. They work by utilizing Hall effect to sense angular position of a permanent magnet placed above the IC. (http://www.rls.si/products/rotary-magnetic-encoders)
Rotary encoders are going to be used for odometry (the use of the data from motion sensors for estimating the current position) which will enable the robot to know where it is on the playing field at any given moment. With that information, it can autonomously navigate itself to complete a certain task.
Be sure to check for an update, for when we integrate the sensors into our robot platform!
Once again, thanks RLS!