During the period of time when the bucket functions independently, it will move quickly and attempt to avoid moon rocks being thrown at it. Also, the bucket begins with several balls in its position. When the tele-op period begins, we will collect empty cells and deliver them to the fueling station where they will be exchanged for Super cells. Also,the Bucket will recycle any stray balls on the field. It will collect anything that other robots have dropped and anything shooters have missed.
The Bucket is also extremely heavy and is capable of pinning robots effectively. This helped us because we were able to keep the top scorers in previous competitions trapped for the entire duration of the match, which eventually led us to win the San Diego Regional.
The combination of both immense weight and incredible speed of the bucket allowed to retain much friction and was very maneuverable. It is a nimble, difficult target for enemy shooters and rugged enough to withstand considerable punishment from overuse as well as from other robots.
Our team in the engineering department has done extensive research on several key parts that set us apart from the competition. For instance, we have worked diligently to create an Automatic Breaking System (ABS) as well as an Automatic Acceleration System (AAS) similar to those found in cars. Having this system in our code optimizes acceleration and increases maneuverability dramatically.
In addition, we utilize a gyroscope and an accelerometer that helps keep constant control and assists the robot during the autonomous period. We also added a camera which was a key piece of equipment. It allows the director to keep control of the machine when it’s moving through any place of the field.