I love lists. I make lists for almost everything. Maybe even everything. Probably everything. This is a bit of a thoughtful post…as in I’m typing as I’m thinking. Yes, this is a thing. It’s called…um…typking? Or thinkyping? Or thinkping? I’m sorry if this is boring you. I’ll move on.
I’m going to list the challenges and explain how things are going.
Straight-Line Speed Test
I’ll admit, I haven’t actually seen this happen, but I know Schrödingbot is a fairly fast robot, so if the sensors are good, then we’ll hopefully finish that race. We definitely have a friend for this test…our newest member, Turbot the Snail 🙂
So I’m fairly clued-up on this one because it’s being solved at my house at least four times a day. I think at last look we were getting through the maze with only a few wall touches. But then Jacques attempted to make the sensors a nice house, so Schrödingbot looked nice, but that didn’t turn out as well as hoped. So back to…square 62? Or something. We’ve done a lot of testing on this maze one. Did you meet this friend? I think you did, it’s Chestnut the Meerkat. I can’t wait for you to actually meet these members for real. If you’re not going to be in Cambridge, never fear, I shall no doubt be live-blogging. Or something.
From the video (which will hopefully go on to YouTube at some point), Schrödingbot looks awesome doing this! Sometimes it’s quite funny, because he’ll be going along quite happily and suddenly become overloaded. So he does the same thing he’d done last time he managed to sense the black line until he re-sees the line. But actually it’s very promising. Our friend here is Sniffles, our Dalmatian.
Well. There’s not too much to say on this one because a) we don’t know which obstacles we’re facing, so we can only hope, and b) it’s remote-controlled. But we tried out the remote control on Saturday which seemed to work well. It’s quite fancy – it even has fast speeds and slow speeds! (At least, I think it’s pretty cool. It’s better than my driving – in a car – which, let’s be honest, hasn’t happened yet despite the encouragement that I seem to be getting from everyone!).
Ooh! I am literally super-excited about this one! I love our pal for this challenge. Thanks to Tom, he has a name: Jumbot the Skittlephant. Shh, don’t tell the friends because I don’t want to offend them, but Jumbot may be my favourite. I think we have a promising run with this challenge. I am so looking forward to it!
Slightly-Deranged Golf (or so it’s called)
Ummm, ((tries to remember)) oh yes! Our friend for this challenge is Gopher the Mole. ((giggles)) – please let me know if that also makes you laugh. It’s just…so funny! Because a gopher is a gopher and a mole is a mole, but our mole is called Gopher. Well. Maybe it’s not hilarious so to speak…but it’s funny anyway. The actual golfing is…being worked on. Yes, that’s it. A work in progress.
Pi Noon – the Robot vs Robot Duel
What is there to do? Besides having a good driver (ahem! Not me!) and a reliable remote control…I think nothing else. So we’re practically sorted…and design-wise, we’re also sorted! Guys, if you have a chance to see our robot doing this challenge, please, please come! I love our friends (The Schrödingboppers) for this challenge. Now they’re hilarious, especially considering they’ve recently been personalised. Remember how each one was one of us kids? Well now it can be seen who is who!
So that’s all the challenges! And our progress, as far as I know it to be. I’m feeling very relaxed about the whole thing (which might be more than some of the others could say!) as I’m just so excited. All that’s left for me is to blog, post videos and make a bumper sticker 🙂
See you sooooooon!
Here we come…