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by Lincoln
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: New antweight weight allowance for AI antbots
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: New antweight weight allowance for AI antbots

first, this would be amazing and i would definitely be one of the first to make a AI ant. however, there are some holes in this plan like the definition of AI. most of my robots already have gyroscopes to correct for if the motors are out of balance. as this is all done internally in the robot you c...
by Lincoln
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
Topic: AutoBot
Replies: 18
Views: 2620

Re: AutoBot

right, we finally put some time into fixing PlankBot the AutoBot prototype and designing AutoBot. new cpu on the board done all working, new motor driver chip, massive pain to solder because of the large pads on the bottom that mean we have to hot air solder it. which when only doing one chip in a r...
by Lincoln
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Best Motor for a spinner?
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Best Motor for a spinner?

We just printed out a test for our new spinner, only to brake the motor, its been sitting on my desk for years so it wasn't in the best condition.
so now we need a new motor, but what is the best one to buy at the moment?
by Lincoln
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: The smart ant's and flea's
Replies: 59
Views: 11493

Re: The smart ant's and flea's

really missed out on aws 55, mostly because I've been busy with A levels and my free time was then used on making the AutoBot pcb then AutoBot. and as all my robots needed some kind of major rebuild after the last aws i went to, 53 i think, i was going to make new robots for the whole team, but yeah...
by Lincoln
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Rule Debates
Replies: 66
Views: 2133

Re: Rule Debates

as i was not at aws 55 i did not see whatever robot caused these rules to be debated but, changing the rule for cluster bots contradicts the rule saying you can use 2 fleas as a ant-wight cluster bot as long as they fit in the 3 inch flea cube. i agree that expanding robots must start in the cube co...
by Lincoln
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Antweight external power switch
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Antweight external power switch

hole in the frame is maybe not quite right as it would have to be a pretty big hole. first off ill say that i build using a 3D printer to make my robots and that i haven't built a spinner yet so don't know how spinners position their power links. so most of my robots have a missing side somewhere, u...
by Lincoln
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Antweight external power switch
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Antweight external power switch

hi, and welcome. this rule is largely for safety of spinners, thus if you are making a flipper, simply using the battery connector that can be accessed with no tools will do. if you make a spinner it becomes a different matter, where it has to quickly turned off without going near the weapon. this i...
by Lincoln
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: The smart ant's and flea's
Replies: 59
Views: 11493

Re: The smart ant's and flea's

so, as auto-bot is currently broken, and i don't currently have the money to fix it. I've designed another new ant-wight in my free time around revision for exams. SA9 draft.min.png its kinda a cross between SA7(boxy looking walker with a flipper on the front) and SA5 (wheeled wedge flipper). which ...
by Lincoln
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings
Replies: 706
Views: 80373

Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

you can get pcbs made very cheaply from china using pcbway. the Autobot board, 100,75mm cost £50 for 10. and they actually gave us 13. i see why you have that size now, seems pretty compact for all the constraints, like the though hole connectors. have you tried using smd versions of the connectors ...
by Lincoln
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Antweights
Topic: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings
Replies: 706
Views: 80373

Re: Peter Wallers Robot Ramblings

why's it 31x30mm? what other chips are you using that makes it so large? i mean that is still pretty small but i made the smart-board 21x20mm and that has a lot of features. are you trying to use hand soldering? i find then all the chips are usually a bit larger. for example the auto-bot board would...
by Lincoln
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.

ah my bad, miss read what Dave was saying
by Lincoln
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.

give people a bigger range of creative freedom for the 4th team slot. Currently only walkers, shufflers and clusters qualify but I'd probably vote to extend that to bristlebots and vibro-bots, gyro-movers, hovercraft, jumpers and anything else which doesn't use wheels or a wheel-like method of prop...
by Lincoln
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.
Replies: 30
Views: 776

Re: Walker rule clarification? Unusual design.

your not the only one that thinks that way Dave just the most vocal. having designed what i believe to be one of the most effective walking mechanisms implemented in antwights. i would agree that a bristle bot should not get the extra wight allowance of a walker, without getting into anything about ...
by Lincoln
Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Autonomous and Intelligent Systems
Topic: AutoBot
Replies: 18
Views: 2620

Re: AutoBot

note to self. when probing the motor driver pins, be EXTREMELY careful. all was going well, we were testing the new motor driving algorithm on the driveway, then we decided to put it in the grass, it doesn't move, seems the motor gearing is to low to have enough power to go though grass. which means...
by Lincoln
Tue May 22, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Questions (and answers)
Topic: Posting photos
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: Posting photos

i used to use jpeg compression tools to compress picture to the point that they were small enough to put on this site directly. i've now started using google pictures shared albums, as this is free, easy to do. simply put pictures into an album on your android phone or online though your google acco...