Category: Pi Wars 2018

Pi Wars 2018: Prize Time

Having stuck around for the prize giving ceremony at the end of the day, primarily as we were told that all teams would get a prize just for taking part, we had a few very pleasant surprises. Firstly, out of nowhere, we won the...

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Pi Wars 2018: Over the Rainbow

A brand new challenge to Pi Wars and potentially the hardest they have ever had. Visual processing and distances in one challenge, Holy Cow Batman! We had been playing with some visual processing for a few years as we always...

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Pi Wars 2018: Slightly Deranged Golf

We were glad to see that the monster hill of the course had gone this year. Especially considering that the previous bot fell off the top of it and the ball ran away from our golf attachment. The experience had taught us a few...

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Pi Wars 2018: Straight Line Speed Test

The straight line speed test was causing some concern during testing using the distance sensors. So with less than a week to go we decided to rip up all the code and switch to line following using the camera. In our first year...

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Pi Wars 2018: Pi Noon

Howdy partner. So you’ve come to see some bots duelling in the arena of dooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm!!!! Well not quite but it had been given a monster makeover since the last wars with a devilish spike tower...

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Pi Wars 2018: Obstacle Course

The obstacle course. It was good to see a lot of the elements from the previous course still intact. I mean who doesn’t like driving round a shark! Having done a reccy of the course early morning and based on experience...

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Pi Wars 2018: Minimal Maze

Whilst testing had gone well, as with most things with amateur robotics, it didn’t perform as expected on the day. For reasons unknown the yellow painted walls of the course caused our sensors to return incorrect values....

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Pi Wars 2018: Duck Shoot

Although we were confident with the duck shoot challenge, having left the bot in the car boot whilst we had a look around the competition on Saturday and the fact that the air conditioning in the building was broken on Sunday,...

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Home Schooling

With the bot built and the code written it was time to test the bot on home built replicas of some of the challenges. The main purpose of the test was to ensure that the button mappings and the hardware worked. The pan / tilt...

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We need to talk about codin’

With the physical attributes of the new bot taking shape we turned our attention to the to-do list for the code that we had accumulated from improvements and ideas we had come up with from participating in Pi Wars 2017 and the...

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Don’t get too attached

In order to meet the challenges for Pi Wars 2018 we took a modular approach to the build so that we could add / remove various attachments for each of the challenges. This meant that we wouldn’t have to worry about carrying...

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And so it begins……

What we had learnt previously from the first two bots was to try and get the physical design of the robot completed as soon as possible. This would then allow for the code for the challenges to be built in the knowledge of the...

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