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Who doesn’t love some random bits of stuff? :slightlysmilingface:
Programming, it's what you do in the hallway.
Still in the hallway.
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thoughts on linking a google calendar to slack for meeting schedule?
Probably a good idea
we could do that
would be nice
similar to how we have the feed for FRC
I can have jon or james do it
There is a link to it on the site. I don't want to add integrations to announcements as it should be as streamline as possible
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Is there any way we can get sponsors/logos on a vest/waistcoat instead of T-shirts this year? Otherwise it will be difficult to show off our logos if we go all steampunk...
That's a great idea actually
I've already started on some new designs for the shirt as well
How opposed do you think people would be to making the base color black? I'm just curious
Hmm. Yellow on black would stand out really nicely. I saw some vests online that had a colorful front (some patterned, some plain), and a black back. Putting sponsor logos on the black background would be cool. And if we can get a blue front, then our Spartronics logo could be close to "normal"
Also, recalling that there was an airship in the teaser, something like this might inspire inspiration. Maybe for the driving team? https://www.amazon.com/Steampunk-Airship-Captain-Flying-Vest/dp/B005466G0I
Yeah I really like the idea of yellow on black it looks great as well as brighter colors of blue.
And those buttons on the front could be team buttons
Oh that best is so cool!
It might be easy to make it as a "panel" that we can pin to regular shirts/vests.
I personally like black with our colors better it makes yellow stand out a lot better and is good with the white sponser logos as well.
It looks really nice as well.
That's a great idea as well
I see a lot of opportunities this year for marketing with steampunk
We could dress up our logo with a steampunk/Victorian font, and maybe stylize our gear to make it more steampunky. Maybe have it connect to one or more smaller gears?
It is convenient that a lot of steampunk costumes feature gears...
Googles? well, okay
They have to be certified safety glasses... These will do: https://www.amazon.com/ArcOne-G-FLY-A1101-Fly-Safety-Goggles/dp/B003WE9ZG6
Those are perfect
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I have The Fly ArcOne goggles if anyone wants to see them. The lenses are much bigger than typical steampunk welding goggles. Much more bug like. If you're going to punk these, let's talk. We can share ideas.
I would love to see them!
Another good engineering documentary is "Azorian" about the 1974 US attempt to salvage a sunken Soviet ballistic missile sub at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Think Recycle Rush on a grand scale under water.
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If anyone's interested in mapping downtown Winslow on Sunday the 16th, https://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Seattle/events/234662245
Think 'the wikipedia of maps'. here's what winslow looks like right now on OpenStreetMap: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/47.62420/-122.51598
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Back on the topic of goggles, what is the certification required? I'm looking at these... https://smile.amazon.com/Industrial-Steampunk-Welding-Goggles-Standard/dp/B01GDE64MY/ref=sr112?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1475872226&sr=1-12&keywords=cool+safety+glasses+flip+up Amazon says they meet the following certifications: ANSI & CE Approved as protective safety Goggles. Exceeds ANSI Z87.1 & Z80.3 Standards
How will you convince the pit goggle gatekeepers that they are safety goggles and not cosplay goggles? "Amazon says so" might not work since they look the same as $7 cosplay ones. Try and find a manufacturer's or brand spec. Perhaps packaging says it?
Lol good point!
I just think they're cool lookin' :slightlysmilingface: But seriously, I agree there would need to be a way to prove they meet spec for the reason you describe
The Z87 tells you that they are safety rated. Your safety glasses should have the number as well.
According to the FRC safety manual:
Safety Glasses Requirements
Wear ANSI-approved, UL Listed, or CSA rated non-shaded safety glasses. Lightly tinted Yellow, Rose, Blue, and Amber tints are FIRST approved. Reflective lenses are prohibited, your eyes must be clearly visible to others. The use of anything other than ANSI-approved, UL-Listed, or CSA rated eye protection is prohibited.
I think those markings on the goggles are sufficient to show they meet the requirements.
If you (the general you) are considering The Fly goggles mentioned above, visit the manufacture's web site for a spec of the googles. Different model numbers have different tints (from 10% to 90%) and many are mirrored. I got the ones with only a 10% tint (i.e., block 10% of light, basically, clear). Unfortunately, they are mirrored. I removed the mirror coating with automotive polish (because that's what I had). If I saw the Titus ones to begin with, I probably would've done that. It seems easier. But I do like the larger field of vision on The Fly. They're just going to take more work.
I like them both, and agree the Fly goggles have advantages. I found a decent deal on the Titus ones with removable medium shaded lenses (could come in handy) & so I ordered a pair to evaluate the quality. I'll probably put them in the robotics room.
I thought I'd drop a plug for our locally owned Ace Hardware store. While most of the projects are for weapons, You can easily use it for other accessories more applicable to FRC. http://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/news/28-most-popular-steampunk-materials-your-local-hardware-store-0141461/
Wow that's impressive! They make it look so easy
I remember hearing about someone on Chief Delphi saying that there were going to be teams with a two ball autonomous. Probably has to be set up just right though.
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does "Sat, November 5, 7am – 5pm" mean:
1. workshops start at 7, be at the door earlier
2. registration/welcoming starts at 7, but can arrive later
3. leave Bainbridge on the 7 am ferry
4. meet at BHS at 7 am to set up carpools
or something else? thanks in advance
The event is 8:30am - 4:00pm
I assume the 7:05am ferry will be the right choice, to get to the school before the event starts.
sounds like "arrive at 8"
I wish their event page was a bit better than "FRC Workshop" :confused:
Yes, it always seems to be that way. At the workshop they hand out nice schedules with lots of detail, but they don't pre-publish them.
Workshop starts at 8:30 am .
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see you guys on the 7:05 then
Hey if any of you guys going tomorrow have not been to the play I'm planning on attending (starts at 7, we can go get dinner then head there). You guys should come, it'll be fun
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Welp that's my amstud tutorial right there
Wait seriously XD
I'm doing mine on Hamilton
Not seriously. I'm actually doing it on Locke
Who's that? (All I can think about is hamilton these days)
When the police chief came into talk and asked who wrote the federalist papers I swear I blurted out John Jay James Madison and Alexander Hamilton so fast he didn't hear me XD
They played that at an event 2 years ago if I recall
Locke was the dude who came up with the basic ideals that would be written about in the declaration of independence and constitution, along with broader ideas in the federalist papers, all 100 years before the revolution
Ayyyyye Federalist bros
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HA Yessss someone got my reference XD
I'm always here for that:grin:
Proof for marketing that fonts matter
the headline "Trump Launches Nukes at Russia" would be much less intimidating in Comic Sans
it still would be intimidating though
that's something that you shouldn't joke about.
okay, Papyrus then.
Nice Jack, nice
I'm partial to wingdings
Everyone bow to my magical ability to float
Because that's obviously not photoshop
(cough thanks Jon)
Tbh photoshop was way rushed on that one, tons of artifacts
if you squint it looks real
Lol a little rushed yeah
who can fix it?
if we can get a movie poster version that would be good
Obviously what we meant Random to be actually used for, political arguments.
Federalists vrs anti federalists yo
Lol what would you name the movie
Can we agree we should probably keep politics off slack? Aside from the old stuff
"Hover" by M Night Shyamalan (had to look up spelling)
"Rose and the somewhat crappy photoshop job but hey Jon tried, it's the thought that counts"
Yeah agreed on the politics
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I find it funny that I was writing an email to one of the speakers at skunkworks workshop while seeing the conversation that the rest of you were having on non-robotics topics.
Well if you're distracted turn off you notifications XD
Random is for non-robotics topics
I keep this channel muted (no offense guys)
There actually hasn't been that much activity until recently
you never know when the meme storm will hit
When it comes to that I'm gonna take the route of that Greek dude who tried himself to the mast of his ship to hear the sirens song
Probably not a bad idea
That's the man
hey so actually random: does anyone know the name of the band that's two german guys? something with either 'milk' or 'spoon' in it
generic millenial indie pop
ah nvm found it
What was it?
I'd like this guy to announce that headline Jack. I think I'd be able to take it in much easier with his sass telling me.
Oh wow they're more pop
And that's beautiful rose
we're gonna need another channel for that rose
Lol a gamer channel
I'm gonna file that one under "not slack"
As litt as that sounds
@Jack Stratton they remind me of Vance Joy a bit
heard a song on the radio at the coffee shop here playing a song I know I heard somewhere before. still not sure whether I like them or not
IKR they were super popular a while ago
Kinda over played tho
it's not really my genre
I only listen to Latvian Turbo Riverdance music on 33rpm vinyl
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me too thx
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Yep, that is exactly accurate
Thanks for the meme
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Anyone see this yet? Pool noodles confirmed (really exciting I know) http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/pool-noodles-2017
can't mix and match types of noodle? weird.
I'm guessing it's because of the more gear like shape
I mean it kinda looks like a flower... close enough
OMG U CAN MIX AND MATCH POOL NOODLES? THIS GREATLY IMPACTS MY FUTURE I MUST OWN THEM ALL.
in the midst of a room filled with pool noodles gasping for air
Lol I want to see this actually happen
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this channel needs sparkle
My friend Joseph made this.
Can we use that this year?
I had my picture taken by a professional photographer check it out!
They specialize in making memes
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heres a random thought, what if medival empires had slack?
Thou hast not reacted with :ok_hand: to my post?!? Off with his head!
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the poor audio engineer
That poor guy omg XD the look on the musician's face tho LOL
Jon is a Unicorn
All signs point to yes
The eight ball has confirmed
THEY FOUND ME
The unicorn has been found
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XD thank you (currently stressing over Ap chem) Needed that.
Aw that sucks man, glad that helped:smile:
(Cries tears of chemistry in lab) lol
Aw rip rose
sends all the chem help I don't have
XD dw its just entropy
Omg how could I make that mistake!
Indeed how dare you
Granted you're not in physics...yet?
Lol you're gonna love it.
Oh yes I'm sure:ok_hand:I also will b dead by the end of that year
Cause of death: Physics
I'm.... mostly alive after last year
Oh so u can see my future too?
Well that's good!
The eight ball sees all XD
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Good ol' random marketing related humor http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-everyday-charts-stephen-wildish/
He makes a really good point though. His examples are very strong but subtle color changes can easily impact the tone of a peice
It's very true, its also very humorous throughout the post. Quality work dude :ok_hand:
When you accidentally say 'da' mentors instead of the mentors. Suddenly their sucking your soul out of your body. ¯\(ツ)/¯
expecto partr-gracious professionalism
rose looked like yoda in that pic im laughing so hard
scroll up a bit
Wanted to share something I recently wrote on Tech Trends https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/magnificent-7-tech-trends-watch-kevin-hawkins
I found an electric inflator in the trash in the gym and when I asked the gym teacher about it she said that she had thrown it away because some students had broken it
I deposited it in mr.chees room in case anyone in engineering wanted to fix it
we could potentially use it for pneumatics maybe
This years design philosphy
remember first make it work
LOL, but true
Lol happy thanksgiving
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If you think about it the "make it work then make it work better" approach has some very severe limitations
in most scenarios it is much more economical to simply make it work the best it possibly can, before you build it
It works well for iterative prototyping but other things not so much
we should be alright using this because we are constantly rebuilding the robot
I read a poignant guide to Ruby by why the lucky stiff
As a work of literature I would give it 8/10
with enough eyes all bugs become shallow
I was so moved by it I decided to install the ruby development environment from IBM into my eclipse installation
I then remembered I had homework and almost forgot about it
omg this is a thing
jack you seeing this?
Reddit is fun
the only place on earth where you can see a black and white film of a man singing about his dead ostrich
the things you find on the marketing photo storage drive...
I excel at weirdness, we should all know this by now.
roses weirdness level is 10/10 weirdness points
my weirdness level is OVER 9000!
What does .dng stand for?
It’s a type of camera raw file
does that mean uncompressed
Extremely - file types like .jpg make automatic color adjustments and compress. .cr2, .dng and other camera raw types do not
You can learn more about it in Ms. N’s photo classes
good to know
Is there a way to turn files into text?
You are allowed, after all to send emails containing an infinite number of characters so a piece of software that can turn a file like an hour long movie in MPEG-4 format into a long string of text that can be copypasted into an email and sent without running into the attachment limit would be super great!
does anyone know of any such software?
base64 / asciiarmor but your emails will certainly be bounced for size if you're sending full movies in any format at all
Well jack you don't actually need to send the entire thing all at once
If the file had been converted to text you could just copy paste sections of it into email and send them one at a time with instructions telling the other person how to reassemble them into the full file
I don't really care about how long it takes particularly I just want the file to get to its destination without any loss in quality
because you know its important for backups to not be HORRIBLY CORRUPTED DURING TRANsFER OFFSITE
I would love to build an extension for thunderbird that does this
I do need a 3d printer fixed as well please message me if you know how to run 3d printers
I use email encryption so feel free to send me your public keys
meanwhile as we putter around with our silly bot
these bots weigh half a ton each and are made of tool steel
the same stuff that a hammer is made of
We all knew we were strange but this just confirms it.
That's so great
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a show about dangerous things
and the people who build them
Think rocket propelled scythes and ninja robots that see in slow motion (using slow motion cameras) and move using the power of explosions!
might like the show Prototype This, not sure if its only season is still on netflix though
I feel pretty confident I could make functioning rocket boots given the right materials
you might break your legs and get impaled with your own leg bones if you try using them though
you know because your legs aren't made to propel you that high
but I could totes do it
Thank you!! Hope you're having phun in Hawaii Kevin! @Kevin Hawkins
Brilliant pic Kevin, have a good time!
it looks cloudy in Hawaii
does anyone know of a pair of opensource AR glasses I could use?
I need a pair of AR glasses for a project
what is this?
what an odd website
it's a blog, I think
check this out
this is a iso that you burn to a disk and then whenever someone puts the disc in their computer and presses f10 deletes their entire hard drive
I am such leet haxor
how to literally move terabytes of stuff at once
I can do all the stuffs
except make a button that does this
click the button!
Capri said it was snowing over there lol, is it sticking?
Mwahahaha I wonder if schools going to be canceled...
I really hope - there are some tests I'd rather take later lol
May the snow gods be merciful
may they be merciful
I hope so, or at least a late start
On the canceling school
I see it snowing until 5 in the morning, so a late start is possible....
but it starts raining at around 6
maybe it'll be icy
here's hoping I don't have to take that math test
Oh yeah same
The snow gods were merciful :joy: yay no school (and no test Jack!)
Is the fll setup for tonight still going ahead?
Maybe a good question to ask in another channel (not everyone sees this one)
The snow reminds me of that episode of doctor who where they went to a snow planet and freed a giant glacier brain
When I look out the window there is just snow everywhere
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I didn't know I could do that
and also if you check announcements we are still meeting at 3pm for the first lego league
not risking my life over legos so i'm not going
If I had one of these though I would totally go
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Looks a lot different from the Computer Science Flowchart
My hard drives are failing
anyone have any spares?
Anybody have a casual (or not-so-casual) interest in astronomy? A colleague reminded me today about an amazing resource: The Worldwide Telescope (http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/). I'm sharing it because the holiday break is upon us & maybe some of you will have some free time & would like to do some exploring without leaving your warm houses. Cool tech behind this as well. Happy Holidays!
Omg goodness how cool! Definitely checking that out
I'm definitely going to check it out too!
an open source alternative to slack with pretty much better everything!
you get the idea
before you say "tom please stfu we are using slack this year" I would just like to say that I am putting this on here because I think its neat and I don't want us to use this until next year or whatever.
come to think of it
if you want better software just type the name of what you are using prefixed by "alternative to" and then repeat the proccess as many times as neccesary
May your Christmas be convenient!
our chromebooks look almost exactly like this opensource laptop
what metals can we use on the robot?
are we allowed to use exotic alloys?
carbon fiber tubing?
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so last year, we could use pretty much any material except for the bumpers; those were regulated quite strictly. see page 58 https://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2016manuals/GameManual/FRC-2016-game-manual.pdf
I ordered a few samples of dynalloy actuator wire so I was wondering
if it turns out to be up to my expectations I might bring it in and let you guys have a look
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Merry Christmas from Bill and Rose :smile:
may your christmas not turn into a crisis
Happy holidays to all. :ok_hand:
use newtons flaming laser sword
just say merry
I noticed somebody using the latest version of Linux Mint at the last programming meeting to access the internet. If that person could clue me in on how to access the school wifi with an unsupported OS I would really appreciate it
the instructions in this guide don't work on anything other than ubuntu 15.10 or fedora 22
Happy new year all. :tada:
Upgraded my hard drive!
Feeling like a sir in 2017!
we have a german transfer student on the team
our robot has german engineering
happy new years!
saw fireworks in seattle!
How'd you get one that big???
woah thats huge?
it has to be
Sorry to dissapoint, our new magnets arrived!
That's a magnet??
What's the size on that thing?
no way thats real
keep it away from my hard drive
Also when did you guys decide to order magnets?
Early into break - not very expensive and we will put them on the cars when we go to competition
I don't remember the specifics on the size. Just over a foot if I recall
Wow that's a big magnet - good for a car for sure.
JeVois Smart Machine Vision Camera - amazing! I recommend the video. http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/jevois-smart-machine-vision-camera-03-01-2017/
I have two computers and a usb cord connecting them
how do I transfer files over the cable?
this is pretty important I need to move like half a terabyte of stuff a minute guys
any help with this would be great
@Tom Wiggin I believe that only USB-C supports computer-to-computer transfer over a normal cable. Regular USB (1.1 through 3.0) from a computer with a type-A connector cannot connect to another computer with a type-A cable (even though those cables exist...)
It appears I have one of those cables
Special data transfer cables do exist, which emulate a network between the two computers.
I have two ethernet cables and a LAN box if that helps
You could put both computers on the LAN and transfer files that way. Either connect them to your normal LAN (so they get IP addresses through DHCP), or set IP addresses manually so they can talk to each other (pick two addresses on the same network, like 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101, with a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0)
If the computers are running Linux then you could use 'scp' to copy individual files, or 'rsync' to copy entire directory trees.
one is windows and one is mint
heres a pic
That's more complicated.
You might need to install and configure Samba on the Mint computer, then connect to it with Windows file sharing from the Windows side. Then copy files using the Windows file manager.
shouldn't get any easier than that
:-) Photos don't help much when transferring files
lol so true
Which way do you want to move the files? Windows to Mint, or the other way around?
I want to be able to access files both ways
Well, I know that you can set up Mint to act as a Windows file share with the Samba package. That way it looks just like any other Windows machine on the network. Likewise, you should be able to mount a Windows machine that is shared using a network filesystem... I know I've done that, but I can't remember how. Let me look it up.
Here are some links about accessing data on the network: https://www.linux.com/learn/linux-migration-guide-accessing-windows-data-linux-and-vice-versa
I remember now that I used CIFS when I did it long ago. I haven't had Windows in the house for years, though.
that wasn't very helpful at all
mint can automount NTFS partitions just fine
I see that Mint makes some things easier: https://windyweather.net/2015/09/27/linux-mint-windows-file-sharing-just-works/
checking the howtogeek one
I think we should have moved this to a private channel, but I have to go now anyway. Good luck. These links should give you pointers. My last Google search was for 'network file sharing windows linux mint'. You can see what else pops up if you search.
I freaking hate windows 10 so much, I was working on some stuff and EVEN THOUGH I HAD DEFERRED UPDATES AND TOLD IT TO REQUIRE AUTHORIZATION TO BEGIN UPDATING IT FREAKING SHUTDOWN AND STARTED DOING JUST THAT!
The calm before the storm.... Also a quick reminder because I almost forgot: bring lunch, bring lunch, bring lunch...... Cyall in the morning!
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what sorcery is this?
you sir are a wizard
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VR FIRST simulation
When prototyping, remember that we want to shoot balls into the boiler twice as fast as this paper airplane gun launches airplanes!
Too bad we can't throw airplanes at FIRST events any more...
what if we took chalk and made a spartronics logo on one of the brick walls in the 300 build? Or we could do like a poster if that's to crazy
That would look really cool. The school might not like it though. Wagon wheel maybe?
or I could do a graffiti piece on it
haven't had any spray paint in like two years though
Im going to just put it out there that neither Spartronics, the captains, or any mentors condone vandalism however well meaning
We could talk to the school about something removable (not paint) in the wagon wheel perhaps
Graffiti isn't always vandalism Jon but your right that the school wouldn't like damage to it's walls
I just picked up an enormous roll of yellow plastic though and we could probably use it as a canvas
if you want to that instead
and there is an old house being demolished in my neighborhood so I could probably ask for one of the window frames and use it as a frame for the canvas
do you want pictures of the frame and plastic canvas?
all we would need is one masonry screw a bucket of blue paint some rivets and loads of painters tape
and we could make a fantastic piece
Whatever artwork you do on your own time is :thumbsup: in my book. If you want to use it for team stuff, we can take a look when its done
I have neither paint, properly sized rivets nor the window frame
I would have to go back and get it
I won't do this without help dude
it's pretty neat though
Sorry I can't help :/
But feel free to talk to your teammates about it
everyone should seriously be on random
it's where stuff happens
if we make this we could probably put it in the bainbridge art museum in front of the ferry terminal
that would be great
Still having problems with networking
I ended up misconfiguring stuff and I think I broke other things
This applies to our game.
We are trying to get at least 40 kiloPascals (kPa)
And a Pascal is Newton/metre^2
Since we're in design mode, here's some inspiration... http://www.core77.com/posts/59620/More-Hilarious-Inventions-from-Steven-M-Johnson?utmmedium=email&utmsource=flipboard
Funnily enough, there is a teacher with that exact name at BHS
still salty about getting a C on my final project for him last year
Oh I have him rn. He's a cool guy.
my seattle central political science professor is basically Mr. Johnson squared, it's great
can I get a 360 image of our controller setup?
I wanted to make a similar one at home so I can mess around with the simulation proper when I have the time
I also need as much ethernet cable as I can get and if anybody has an old pc I could have that would be great
I got the window frame from the junk pile so after school tomorrow I will try and scrounge up some paint so I can start on that painting
Anyone have a link to the team meeting calendar, i can't find it
Apparently the 9374 FTC team's robots arm fell off during a match
needs some work apparently
Anyone updating their registration soon?
seriously in danger of failing 9th grade
finals are tomorrow
and I have a pile of homework approximately 20 feet high
I know because I spent an hour calculating it
the license plate will be mine btw
btw can we add a ludicrous speed button to the control station?
sound system on the robot
we would get so many moxie points
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Hi all, my friend from college Todd Miller owns his own spring company (Myers Spring) in Indiana, and coincidently FIRST asked him to make 400 of the springs that will be installed on Steamworks fields for collecting gears. They're also sending us 4 of the springs for free (they're shipping today). Todd shared with me a video of the manufacturing process of the spring so I could share it with you - enjoy! https://youtu.be/b3wv313y5SM
That's awesome! Robots making springs for robots to play with!
is there a general purpose input mapping/hotkey/thing that lets me plug in whatever I want into a USB port and then assign keys to analog/digital signals or whatnot
basically I want to program my computer to be usable with a flight joystick or a midi keyboard
I have seen set ups with a controller that acts like a mouse but it was with a Xbox controller.
@Tom Wiggin Joy2Key it has a linux port
oh hey what?
I tend to prefix everything I say with "oh"
is that a good or bad thing
It seems fine.
yu no preview?
anyway if you can download and view this scalable vector graphics image you can find out what we will all be wearing this year
team has been working on this stuff for years and never succeded
@Noah Martin set the channel topic: Random Stuff
Anyone see the robot that beat the I am not a robot video
are the sweatshirts made of silk?
I really want silk in my wardrobe
read into stuff
I read a tome on silk
it's half poly half cotton
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I should bring my lunch tomorrow, right?
The atlanta falcon s lost to the new england patriots. Disappointing
Anyone know how to tie a monkey's fist knot? If not, anyone interested in learning? A thin rope may be used with the climber & a really big knot like the monkey's fist is likely what would be needed for a stopper knot. Plus they look pretty cool... http://www.animatedknots.com/monkeysfist/#ScrollPoint
I can tie a Monkeys Fist. My grandfather was a sailor and I learned from some of his sailing books. I just need to know what size of rope you think it should be tied out of.
@Cruz Strom Excellent, thanks! Let's chat on Wednesday.
The French word for hacker directly translates into English as 'pirate of the Internet'
Sovick and I have deemed tomorrow star wars themed - wear any star wars clothes you have tomorrow. :milky_way:
I might wear my pre-federation Starfleet uniform.
Just rooting for the home team.
@Riyadth Al-Kazily wants to style his facial hair for us at competition, but needs some ideas! Vote with a :whitecheckmark: reaction to the different images to cast your vote!
For anyone who might not have seen this... https://cdn.ampproject.org/c/gizmodo.com/how-to-watch-todays-rescheduled-historic-spacex-rocket-1792511495/amp Some pretty amazing autonomous happening here :+1:
And @Binnur Alkazily wants someone to teach her to dance to Cotton Eyed Joe
When people were cleaning up after the Bag Day celebration, Did anyone find a blue Wallet?
Nevermind! Found it!
That is a video of one of our matches
Are we meeting at 7 or 7:30
I think 7:30
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Clip on the fire https://clips.twitch.tv/SincereMiniatureDonutOSkomodo
Beautiful stuff,everyone! Great job! https://clips.twitch.tv/MuddyDaintyTruffleDansGame.
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I see we're doing pretty well in the overall Pacific Northwest District rankings. I'm very proud of our team (and am wearing my team shirt today at work)!
(And by "pretty well" I mean in the number one slot :-) )
My tattoo lasted the night and I wore it to school as well. Got a few curious stares but it was fun to explain to a those who asked as well!
Lots of congrats too, can't wait for the next competition.
For those who are not in the marketing channel...
New Jetson TX2 out today. Looks powerful but a bit expensive.- at least there is an academic discount http://www.pcworld.com/article/3178059/hardware/nvidias-pascal-powered-jetson-tx2-computer-blows-away-raspberry-pi.html
Remember to factor in the cost of the heat sink (not pictured). It makes the board sooo much bigger.
Did anyone see the new amd ryzen line up
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This is great. Thanks for sharing.
Wow that's impressive.
... I-I have no words
I actually commented on their video (something I never do), and said how similar our robots are in general design.
It's kinda like a helios 2.0 lol
Yeah, it'd be nice to be on their team; it looks like they get 40 kPa during auto, then shift into being a gear bot.
yeah. They're an older team and have a lot of experience, it's pretty cool though.
On citrus circuits, I noticed that they had 2 flywheels side-by-side on one track/ramp. Interesting design.
Did it work?
@Enrique Chee is the meeting tomorrow only to plan for the open house?
(if so, since I'd be late anyway + will miss Wednesday, I don't think I'll come)
I just found figurative gold; look up 'asexual jokes' on Google
Is this through first or a different program
Pretty sure it's vex
4918 has a pretty accurate shooter. They have to shoot from a floating position, so if their drivers get that field spot down, they could do really well.
have a video?
I'm watching the Mount Vernon event YouTube playlist
It's on the FIRST WA YouTube channel
I'm proud of our team! Good job drivers + human players, good job scouts, good job marketers, (tiny yay for mechanics) and thank your parents for the support!
And good the cheering is improving (I mean we did get the spirit award) - thanks for responding to me, If anyone has any good cheer ideas please let me know! (Or suggestions)
Also for those out there who didn't know - we brought Valhalla to elimination for the first time in their whole experience with first - don't regret picking them, they deserved it (they're older than us as well). They also have no parent support or mentors, and barely any sponsors and few members. They have to work so much harder than many other teams, yet they did so well. Impressive to say the least.
Proud of all who worked on the robot, those who attended and those who helped out our team in anyway. We did the best we've ever done and we should be proud of our accomplishments
Okay okay this is pretty bad but what if we did cheer that was "1, 2, 3, SHOOT!" (I would yell the 1, 2, 3)
Obviously do this when shooting or right before
How about H-E-LIO
You want to spell it? (Missing the s)
Gimme some cheers please, we only have two...
How about just HOORA
Cheers have to be simple if they're going to be effective. Make use of the vowels in Helios if you want to do a cheer for him.
How would that go.
You just tell hoora
Okay lol maybe
Also glacier peak matches ALREADY up!
Hey rose, what about somthing like: by the power of Robby
Me: By the power of! Stands: ROBBY!
Helio Helios he's our bot come at him give it your best shot.
Ugh it's too long. (Also gracious professional? a bit negative)
I mean it could work it's lengthy tho
No your right
I like it tho
Pronto came up with an idea for helios but it was a bit long so I was like eh
I forgot it by now lol
3070 let's go pronto
4195 let's go team drive?
Shoot 1, shoot 2, get those balls through?
lot of words (getting better)
this is why I liked 1, 2, 3 shoot cuz its short
and it makes sense for helios of course
H e l i o let's go Helios go go go
I'm likeing that one
Lio would be one strubg
H. E. L. I. O. (Maybe drop the s) lets go helios go go go
H. E. LIO let's go Helios go go go
Lio would be said togather
Yeah it's a good one
It sounds better to spell it (without the s) in my head, you'll have to say it to me
K will do. Also Helio should be a nick bane
One thing I'd like to mention on cheers: It would be good to have the 'crowd' portion of the cheer be a full word or phrase. I feel that the '49'-'15' cheer results in others in the gym mostly just hearing the '15' part. (Except in the times when Rose is louder than the rest of the team :-)
Lol yeah, good point.
I kind of like the way SOTAbots repeat their 'oh, yeah' chant, rather than split it up.
Sort of like an 'echo'
Would you rather I just start a chant like 49 (pause) 15? Just curious
Just have rose say 4915 then we repeat
I think the numbers are trouble, unless you can get us to say the whole thing
But it's a lot of syllables
or fortttyyyyy ninnnnne fifteeeeeeen (like the ooooh yeah sota does)
Rose : lez go
Rose: say what?
I could do the sota oh yeah with our number to be honest
drag out the 15
it's a stretch but it could work
Maybe we should be like the fanz and just tell aaaaaayyyyyyeeeee
You could chant 4911 in binary: 1001100110011
what about our number? (Although YES)
Oops. Freudian slip.
That is 4915 in binary.
That's easy and could work but not many people would understand lol!
(Oh, no... maybe I secretly wish I were on their team? Nooooo! Spartronics is way more fun!)
I like it like that though
(We don't judge, they're pretty great tbh)
I like that it is '1001' repeated 3 times, then a 1
Yeah we could slowly become louder
(I have to keep track of how many times I say the 11 though we'll go to long XD)
We should do the 1001100110011 and then SPARTRONICS
that could be good
especially if it goes from quiet to loud, capping it off with a loud spartronics or 4915 would be great
I could yell BINARY! To get us started (because not everyone is quick to respond)
I like it! Even though not everyone knows binary it's interesting and teams could ask about it and we'll be known for it eventually if we keep it up
Just like code purple?
Code purple does a binary cheer?
They say there number or somthing in binary
Oh then definitely lets do it
Okay new cheer guys woo
Binary and maybe the helios cheer?
Lot of things to yell in one go
so probably not
Is an iambic pentameter too long?
Give me an example of one
We're just trying out stuff so everything is good
Second line: F-R-C-4-9-1-5
The first line would need to end with a word that rhymes with five
Try it out
First line: Spartan robotics full of drive
Okay it's just that it's wordy
and a lot of cheers I here out there that are long I never understand
like 49-15 or we are - spartronics is easy because they're short and understandable
as well as easy to yell
more than three or four words is pushing it
two or three is optimal, numbers excluded
(From my experience)
Numbers can be easier, like the ones and zeros repetitively one after another is easy to do.
Inspired by this http://www.pleacher.com/forwards/school/cheers.html
Oh yeah I saw that
guarantee you that's going to become a mess of words to anyone listening.
Spro let's go helio
I propose this (as a starting point). "Team spartronics drive and thrive. F R C 4 9 1 5.
Spro= spartronics robotics
Hey that one works really well
The drive and thrive
Take out team though
I like it? I'm still hesitant to do longer phrases (maybe because my voice will die), but I'm definitely open to it.
It only works if you get the syllabication right. Say it out loud. I think you need 'team'
'Team spartronics overdrive' ...
Could 4915 be said instead of spartronics?
Could we have a Spartronics song?
That is a great idea
Now you want a song? (Vocal cords are crying right now)
Totally go for it! I was kidding
How about 'Ole, ole, ole, ole' from Chumbawamba's Top of the world? Or some other fun song clip?
What do you mean by song then?
sorry, shorthand laughing face
look at it sideways
I get it
Lol. Yeah do you mean a video for the song?
Like (lemme find the video)
Cuz, I can't sing
I was thinking of having a small segment of a song that everyone knows, and when Spartronics sings it, everyone can get the song stuck in their head.
Anyway, I'm out of ideas for the evening. No energy left.
I'll see if anything comes to me in my dreams...
Dream please that dreams
The best inspiration
Quality typing sovick
You know you can edit your messages?
or 1333 in hexadecimal! (4915)
- but that's too similar to a theoretical frc team number, so binary is way cooler. I suppose morse code could be tried too. Or binary-coded decimal.
A question from a friend: How did Neobots (team 2903) already qualify for worlds? According to The Blue Alliance (and the team homepage), they are going to Worlds:
You can go by applying for a waitlist.
Interesting part of this instructable is the use of Fusion360 to design gears for 3d printing.
Here's a multipart instructable on robots that has some nice elements... Perhaps good for managing summer boredom?
For my fellow Whovians.
Tennant is my fave
Tennant or Smith
Oohh, maybe Smith will be back next
No, wait, apparently it's fake, I can't find it on the BBC website
Oh pffff you got me excited
So did they to me.
But the next companion will be the first openly gay companion.
The London FRC Competition is going on, team 4907 is thdrd
Seriously? No autocorrect? I meant 4907 is there.
2046 has a really good shooter, they just got 34 kpa
And they have a floating position on the field, with our auto and them, we might be able to get 40kpa during the game
And they can climb along with gears
So their us except with floating position and better gear grabber
And a better shooter
It's less accurate but they shoot faster
I think we have a pretty good shooter
Yes, but they got 34 KPA with only 2 during auto
We've gotten 39. Haven't we?
Yes, but we usually get 25
Ah but potential
I'm just looking at the fact that 2046 got 34KPA during their first match today
The 39 kpa came from our second match
All I'm saying is we may want to make note of them
They may be the perfect compliment for us
And they can pick up gears from the ground
Robotopi had a good but slow shooter apparently
According to a 4911 member
But they aren't quite as good as 2046
Waz ourz cheerz
I don't know what that means
Cheerz forz eventz
488 also has a really good shooter
488 working with 2046 almost got 40KPA
They got 36kpa in QM16
4918 has an auto that goes to the hopper
This is absolutely hilarious
:disappointed: so close. Lol
So there's gonna be a dance at regionals?
GUYS 4911 IS DOING THIS WE NEED TO AS WELL
Sounds like phun. But we might have to scout Friday night. ? If you wish to go you will need a driver and one adult.
okay I'll play it by ear
Very exciting elimination match featuring three of the best shooters in the PNW; Roboctopi, Bear Metal, and Xbot
Is that the one where 42.33 KPA was achieved?
I got a fortune cookie and this is what it said
53 of which in auto
What happened on the field?
Can people check their sweatshirts? I'm missing a Medium that had a bunch of stuff in it's pockets that was in the stands
Especially Someone who had a Large, because there was one left over yesterday
Nevermind I got it!!
Wow. Whose shooter is that?
Team 1986 Titanium Robotics from the mid-west
cmon 4915 1st alliance
The ASCII character for space is 00100000. For those with Macs, you can type 'man ascii' at a terminal prompt. For those who wish to be more obscure, use octal instead of binary.
Skunkworks made it to worlds via wait list! Last minute, too!
And Cyberknights made it in due to some teams declining!
Official list of teams from PNW: http://frc-districtrankings.firstinspires.org/2017/PNW
It doesn't say skunkworks qualified??
They are on the wait list right behind cyber knights
But it says cyberknights qualified
oh nvm I believe lucas
And I think 4907 qualified
If anyone wants to trade for a M 4911 sweatshirt I know a guy who wants a Spartronics one (M or L).
(This would be a new one btw.)
I can provide mine, though it is washed but not worn or lightly worn ( they are all in the same drawer).
@Binnur Alkazily She said "sweatshirt", not T-shirt. I don't think you have a sweatshirt...
glad someone edits my content - yes, I don't have a sweatshirt...
You will be remembered
Before you know it, they're all grown up and moving out. Bon voyage!
It only seems like a couple of months since he was first born.
is the weight of the box (robot plus pit stuff) $1200 to ship to Houston and back.
Hey at least hes not 4915 pounds
Interesting research happening at Wazoo... http://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-say-they-ve-created-a-fluid-with-negative-mass?utmmedium=email&utmsource=flipboard
Oohh, perhaps there is hope for the Alcubierre Drive
Looks like we're in Hopper division at workds
We're with up-a-creek robotics and barker redbacks
oh i understand, thanks!
Are you going to Houston?
Me? No sorry ap exams
:-( Next time!
Hopefully! (I will have three aps next year...)
We will have to figure out how to get them rescheduled :-)
I know right :anguished:
Well, I can't go this year either. Work! I think I should have stayed in school...
Kevin Ross played some poker
Check out @MachinePix's Tweet: https://twitter.com/MachinePix/status/849687930876567552?s=09
It's gonna be lit.
@jon, please get me a list of who is going to Roboprom. We will need a chaperone. I will go if majority of students are going.
How far is Hyatt regency from ours? If anyone already knows...
I will post in announcements so we can get the most accurate number of people
I already checked, it is too far to walk
I blame you @Chris Rininger for getting me into a wormhole of science related articles and then black hole videos (welp there goes an hour of my life, I just need to go close to a blackhole now to get my homework done (actually that'd be counterproductive because then all time would go faster than me and I'd never turn in my homework))
@Rose Bandrowski: Sorry :neutralface:... recommend steering clear of black holes :nerdface:
:joy: I'll do my best (that article was really cool though!)
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Doctor Who season 10 is coming out tonight at 21:00 on channel 162 BBC America.
any chance of doing the eyebrows? :slightlysmilingface:
What dye did you use and more importantly do you have more?
The epidemic continues... but who will be next?
@Alex Larson Freeman: We have some extra hair dye... that is unless @Dana Batali ends up dyeing his eyebrows (hint hint)
Looks awesome guys! :smile:
Eyesbrows are a no go for me. @Dana Batali: You should definitely consider it!
Trying to think of a pun relating to dying and dyeing...
http://www.dailyhaha.com/pics/solution-for-oversleeping1.htm. Hope the worlds travel group has a safe smooth trip tomorrow! See you Thursday.
^that's a really good idea oh my goodness. 10/10 would use
both options need to be $0.99, we'll be rich
Next we'll charge for breathing too.
Where's gabe we need to hire him to make a new app for us
Are our match numbers up yet? I'm not seeing them on blue alliance despite them saying they'd be posted today...
#1, 19, 31, 39, 49, 64, 77, 89, & 106. They might be updated today however.
Okay cool! (First one woo)
1st one on Thurs and Friday, gonna be fun!
So no matches today?
I'm not really following the schedule sorry
Nope, just setup really
Well I have nothing to say to this
Is hat an orange in Chris's glasses?
Added another layer
lucky! I'm so jealous sitting here studying for aps... and sats... and acts...
Have the matches been shown at school?
Where were they?
Lucas some teachers were playing if in there class room. Mrs To was playing it and Mr wechler. We also tried in the cafeteria
@Rose Bandrowski it's actually an orange stress ball
XD reminds me of the time last year when I broke a test tube during a meeting with one of those lol
Shows you how much shooting matters!
We could see an FTL drive in our lifetimes!
Sharing a few things I stumbled upon recently. Since they are links, I'm going to put them inside a comment on this to (hopefully) avoid a vertically huge post. Let's see if it works...
First thing up is this “Roboleague” video from a couple of years ago. Dean and Woodie have a few spots, but mostly it’s about a few teams and their efforts to win Einsteins. There are a couple smaller, “good-but-not-elite” teams, but I’d say there is more attention given to a few of the higher performing teams (Robonauts, Cheesy Poofs), and the video provides an interesting view into the positives and negatives of being on teams like that. I assume people who have been around a while have seen the video, but others probably have not… https://vimeo.com/141502715
Next, is a set of resources actually. Similar to Skunkworks, Citrus Circuits does a set of fall workshops for other teams, and they post videos of them online. I highly recommend the Strategic Design presentation, and the others look good too. Here’s a link to the full set: http://www.citruscircuits.org/fall-workshops.html I get a sense that sharing, collaboration, and helping other teams is something that team really emphasizes – kudos to them!
Finally, something fun. If you have an Xbox 360, there’s actually an FRC game from 2012 available for $3. Catalyst 2012. Here’s the link, but you’ll probably need to search for it on your console. http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Catalyst-2012/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550c64
Here's the trailer for Catalyst 2012. Graphics are not... awesome... but game play and robot config options look pretty good. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=catalyst+2012+video&view=detail&mid=82365A10757AA72A3FDF82365A10757AA72A3FDF&FORM=VIRE
Totally agree - I would recommend anyone, especially leadership, watch the Strategic Design one
While the video production quality isn't as good, both the 2015 and 2016 mechanical design presentations seem to have good tips about how to (& not to) use CAD within an overall design process, including recommended time savers.
Hey, could I get a ride with someone to the picnic next weekend?
Does anyone remember what team had the Danny Devido bot was on?
maybe someone needs to make spartronics colors for slack???!
There is a close blue and yellow. #00254C,#15467a,#EEB211,#FFFFFF,#EEB211,#FFFFFF,#C59353,#007BFF
Here are the logo hex colors if you want to modify the above: Blue: `#1455fb`
You can do it yourself! :-) Drop down the menu next to Spartronics4915 in the upper left corner of the screen, select Preferences, and then select Sidebar Theme. If you are already using Cruz's theme colors, then they will be in the custom setting section. You can change the colors the way you like, and share it here.
Using the logo colors that James used, #1455fb,#15467a,#fcff00,#383F45,#fcff00,#FFFFFF,#fcff00,#1455fb looks more like the spartronics logo.
that is one bright blue :slightlysmilingface:
Those are the colors that James found.
I've heard that we need to show up at 2 and that we need to show up at 3 for Rotary from different places, and I'm a little confused about which time is correct. Anyone know?
I'll be there at two... I don't know if I I've been misled as well though...
I wrote to John and he said come at 2
Okay someone just screwed up the calendar time
Nice idea! Gives perspective to the size of the robot with relation to the field area. This idea should probably be posted in strategy, not random :-)
Anyone know when girls generation this year is?
Also thanks Riyadth! I think it'd be an easy idea to implement and have some fun with.
Crap. ACT is that day.
I think I'll be going with my dad, as he used to work at Kings as a teacher and wants to visit and talk to the team.
This is a whiteboard at NASA JPL
Teaser will be out Sept. 14
Oh no. No no no no no no. Please not water.
What?! Yes water
Two words: Electrical systems.
Two words: a challenge
Or you could say a test
Is this like I real thing or are they just f*ing with us
well a actual water game would be really hard for them to execute
Forget the water game, whens the quadcopter game coming?
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Now that is something I want to see
That would be even worse because what if they hit each other
We would have to use super bumpers.
Peter you misspelled "better"
mind if I sit in on Wednesday?
Not at all, please do. @Jack Stratton
Where did I misspell better
You didn't he's joking that you should have replaced worse with better :facewithrolling_eyes:
What if the game is water themed?
That would be interesting however I'm pretty sure they're going with this sort of 'timeline' thing with the imperialistic powers game (stronghold), and the victorian era (steamworks), so my hope is that it's like the Roaring 20's this time. :joy:
That or the 1960-70's with the cold war / moon landing.
Ooh I love 1950/60 cars.
Sammmme. 1969 was a good year. OH what if we had a car-themed game! Now THAT sounds good!
We could play caravan palace
Well I'll play that anyways but you're right it'd be appropriate
I'm gonna say it's star wars
But Star Wars happened a long time ago in a galaxy that is confusingly un advanced.
Who else is psyched for the teaser for the game tomorrow!!!!
IT IS TIME
The teaser will be out at 4 tonight and there's like a little show going on the livestream. I won't be able to watch it so I recommend someone else does and reports back
I believe it's at 5, their post said 8 pm eastern time
I saw 7, but it's around that time
I'll be watching anyway, so hyped!!!!
I'll watch to
If water game I will die
That'll be great tho, but everyone will have a heart attack
I actually think that a water game could be a cool challenge
Just not this year
Maybe they'll do what they did last year and scare everyone in the kickoff video
Oh yeah like with the airborne stuff
My guess is that it will be water themed but no real water
What would you think about a drone game
Definitely a lot of crashes
I would think I'm a marketer I'll let you deal with it
That's very kind of you
I remember several students and mentors playing this game outside at worlds, so thought I would share. AI cropping up everywhere these days. https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/2017/09/13/microsofts-social-bot-zo-wants-play-exploding-kittens/
FIRST POWER UP
Oh my lord
That was cool
This is gonna be interesting
This is going to be sooooooo awesome
Huge tron vibe
Can we please do a tron themed robot
From would be cool
I think coins will be a game mechanic
So they were totally messing with us with the water game hints
Well maybe not, video games have water in them!
There was a mop in the background
Water game ???
WateR GamE coNfiRmeD
now I want to know what the actual game is but we have to wait so long
I've just been watching the teaser over and over looking for more
Maybe provides more insight
Oh my goodness
Okay this is cool
Are all those game pieces from past years?
Lol same train of thought
Yes but I don't recognize the bottom one
That's what I thought. I doubt they would put such a huge hint as to the new game pieces in the teaser it must be an old one!
This is really kinda weird for me because I started building a little portable arcade machine and to see the trailer be about arcade machine. Weirden me out
Thats so cool!
zoom in on the graphics on the side and front of the video game machine in the video + the above (is that from the DLC pack?) - how do wheeled robots climb steps? may need to figure that out
OHHHH thats interesting! I came up with an idea on how to get a robot to climb stairs recently, weird.
Stairs would be hard
It's the recruitment poster
tank tracks maybe
Does anyone know where the DLC packs are
Marketing team: 8-bit version of Spartronics logo plz :spartronics:
What was up with that water hint???? Were they screwing with us?
Hold on… we're there any 8-bit games that used water?
Lucas I think they were just messing with us with that
River raid is one of the first but that was an Atari game. We also have 1942 which involves water but mostly is flying, some pinball machine had water themes
There are not of water arcade games
Flying water game
About that 8-bit logo...
Process (Windows only - sorry)
- Load high-res logo into Microsoft Paint
- Save As and select 256 colors option
- Resize to 100x100
- Zoom in as much as possible
- Use screen snip tool to capture pixelated logo
You can use this same kind of approach with any picture - give it a try.
Oh my gosh that's amazing :joy:
Thank Chris that's awesome
No problem - fun to play... I need to simplify those instructions & I can't edit the original. Here's the simpler method for 8-bit image transformation with MS Paint:
Process (Windows only - sorry)
- Load high-res image into Microsoft Paint (take note of the size - the logo is 900x900)
- Save As and select 256 colors option
- Resize to 100x100
- Resize back to the original size (this way, no need to use screen snip tool)
I saw someone speculate that the 8/9 FRC blog post from Frank Merrick may be something of a game hint. The post is about surprises, how they can disrupt the "auto-pilot" routines we tend to fall into, and how that can be a good thing. The person who speculated it's a game hint thinks it may be foreshadowing of a surprising difference between this year's game and past games, and they specifically mention that maybe this year's game will not be very compatible with the usual wheeled WCDs and similar wheeled drive trains. Put that together with the stairs and ramps imagery from the teaser, and I'd say there's a fair chance tracked robots could come into play this year. And/or possibly robot arms that pick things up and place them since it has apparently been a while since there was a game with that requirement. Fun to speculate - here's that blog post: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2017-surprises
What do you mean by tracked robots? Also nice catch!
Like a tank or earth mover... check this out: http://www.team1619.org/robots/design-spotlights/tank-drive
FYI: The first Power Up DLC was released today. Here is the link. https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/event-preference-system-and-dlc-pack-1
I thought that's what you meant @Chris Rininger thanks for the clarification.
SO COOL!!!!!!!!! Chris I am constantly astonished at how broad your skills and interests are.
Glad to know I'm not the only one that's impressed!
I was astonished to learn about the pulleys, how they clamshell ignored separate and come together for the purpose of applying a different working radius to the triangular belt to change the ratio. That is absolutely brilliant. I watched this with James Sovic and we were freaking out.
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Is this the year there will be an oculus in the kop? https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/03/scientists-test-vr-system-to-control-robots-from-virtual-cockpit/
That looks awesome
Look at this little cnc robot... https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/autonomous-goliath-cnc-robot-04-10-2017/
the sehome seamonsters are doing an event a few blocks down from my dorm, did we have much connection with them as a team? I'd like to say hi
Never heard of them? But go for it!
Oh I remember those guys
Weren’t they at the same hotel as us for one of the competitions?
maybe for glacier peak last year? bright green, squid themed
now that you mention it I remember playing CAH at a La Quinta
We played cards against humanity with like their entire team in the hotel lounge thingy
Dude go say hi
haha I will I'm just finishing off a hot chocolate I just made
Saw this and thought it was cool
That’s is really cool
@Cruz Strom and I were talking today and we were thinking that for “squad day” tomorrow, if you’re not already doing something or if your outfit allows it, we should wear our spartronics
What I'm doing^
I thought this was pretty cool. I want one badly for ski season.
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Totally cool looking Bo, I'm with ya on wanting one
It's kind of like Human Heater from an episode of Silicon Valley… except this is safe.
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How does one sail out of a maelstrom?
Hey has anyone else looked at Robocats at Montana state university?
The safety animation contest has been announced, and it reinforces the video game theme of the upcoming season.
Anyone interested in taking on the challenge to make an animation this year? Here's an award we haven't won yet!
If only I spent more time with unity!
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teaser is awesome
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Declan was our most talkative member of the week! Congratulations Declan I’m proud
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These engines use a fascinating design.
Have you seen the infinity gear shift. That's pretty cool
Working on a pixel art spartan
A thought: maybe create a Slack channel for people interested in working on the team avatar? @Peter Hall, check out the marketing channel - there's a link to an app there that's pretty good for creating pixel art (I like it better than the two FIRST pointed to)
Since it’s a long weekend, here’s an iOS app for creating pixel art: “Pixel Art Maker” in the lifestyle category, produced by Nekomimimi. I’m sure there are android apps as well. Remember to resize to 40 pixels by 40 pixels if you’re trying to make a usable avatar for the upcoming season. Have fun!
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Where do the bumpers go?
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I very much doubt that that is the field
#going to be copyrighted by Nintendo
Would be awesome, but nah.
I doubt that's real
its got to be real
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I don’t think that is real because that looks exactly the same as the steamworks field
Minus the airships
I think I saw an FRC bot with that approach. I think they called it a “butterfly drive” with the 4 pairs of wheels that can each move like that to go over obstacles.
Do you remember which team?
It’s a thing - search Chief Delphi. It looks like teams used it more to switch between treaded and Omni wheels.
On another topic; the 2018 FIRST totes came out today. I was looking at the black tote option and compared to the 2017 one, it is a few inches smaller and 20lbs less massive.
That is impressive. If there is stair climbing and rules permit it, I expect to see someone try to do a wheels + lower-able wide center track like that
What if we were able to get Spartan News to play the Power Up game vidéo next week.
For what reason
If we did we’d need to introduce it and say why it’s important
The school doesn’t care that much to watch the video, they’ll all be super bored if we don’t give them a good reason to pay attention
Oh that is so cool!! What an cool idea. Doesn’t look as realistic for us to build in six weeks though :joy::joy:
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See the list of finalists on Twitter
pLaY&4%R3aL! Game manual code
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Thought everyone should see this meme made by @Sean Lafer about the field videos
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Can we get someone to send this to the PNW discord
If you only see the first part, tap to view image in it's entirety.
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“The sides look good”
Do you mean: The sides are A E S T H E T I C?
To Nora’s excellent point, Jon’s slides are more “aesthTaki”
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@Nora Wilson how often are these going to be posted
I think Aiden and Cruz want one posted every day of build season.
Excellent! I agree!
I fully support this plan. That’s only 42 posts, easy!
Memes motivate us.
In anticipation for today's meeting.
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How have you only JUST joined random?
You can all thank Cruz for this one.
This is a good one
we should create a slideshow at the end of the build season of all of nora's memes
I look forward to them everyday
I want to start a petition to make @Darwin Clark return @Harrison's graph paper, vote with a :+1: if you agree or a :-1: if you disagree
Guys stop voting as separate messages vote as a reaction on my original message, it makes polling easier for me. Also only vote once so I can get an accurate result, that means you @Cruz Strom
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Hair dryer of death.
OMG any watch the Vikings football game!!! We're going to the Superbowl!!!
Not yet ! There iss the NFC championship. Get it right dude.
Ment super bowl bound
the end was crazy
I’ll be posting two memes today due to the absence of one yesterday.
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No, liquid gold
Climbing CAD model @Kenneth Wiersema
That's right but don't fail your finals !!!!
I chose sleep
We got any pats fans willing to hang out for the superbowl?
no eagles fans allowed
I am an Eagle Fan :wink:
Aiden if you're a Deflatriots fan that is not something you should be open about.
You make me sad Mr chee
Vikings got destroyed
A quote from Ian: "I've never been happier to eat someone else's trash!" When eating the crumbs on the bottom of a bag of Safeway Chicken Tenders.
Someone didn’t read the rules (Q-140).
All but the tacky grease one are mine.
thing is, we are usually out of food now :+1: (we finished off the mints)
Granted I just feed you last meeting
Yeah @Harrison! That was very nice considering we have been eating primarily mints for the past few weeks. :stuckouttongueclosedeyes:
I think that we have another thing of mints that could be donated. No promises though
Hey, during the last robotics meeting, did anyone see a jacket similar to this one? On accident, I grabbed Cruzes, so my actual jacket is still at large.
I don't think I have. Sorry Parker.
Could still be in the room
I like the idea of a "Tesla Hybrid" ... electric with a Merlin rocket engine for those "special occasions".
I appreciate this photo for many reasons. Terry looks like he’s just casually using the force
Nora it's time for the Jedi to rise
That’s so out of context...
Was hoping she would post the thing but it is not ready
The Jedi will rise when I am done drawing.
OMG these are all so good. Specialy the star wars one
Happy birthday Peter!!!!!
Ya Peter, happy birthday
:tada: Good job?
For anyone interested in electronic circuit prototyping, I see that the Living Computer Museum is having a workshop on Friday next week (Feb 23): http://www.livingcomputers.org/Events/Calendar.aspx
(That's my favorite museum in Seattle -- if you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should!)
Hey everyone, got an S.O.S from peacock family services trying to identify this type of latch, anyone know?
It is snowing!
This is crazy
Snow? On Bainbridge? In winter?
It is not sticking though
it's sticking now. the ground is slowly becoming white at my house
Sorry it’s not a meme, but I thought you guys might get a kick out of this. I’m cleaning out the garage and will probably end up tossing it unless someone has an interest in it, but I thought you’d think it cool.
@Cruz Strom mentor @Dana Batali suggests talking heads i zimbra
zz top - tush
edgar winter - frankenstein
bill withers - lean on me
david bowie - ziggy stardust
queen - killer queen
and on and on (i was your age when these songs came out!)
There are other teams using scissor lifts.
I love this image because it looks like Binnur is about to start a rap battle with the robot.
Yay melting stuff
how did you do this?
Not our team
Not mine, but the incoming 9 are
Cool bots are being announced. Check out this one - looks like it specializes in the exchange and climb with friends (maybe the switch if the front intake pivots up - maybe even the scale if it can shoot when motors reverse). The climb with friends forks are quite similar to what we were thinking about doing. https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=162953
oops. also an elevator, so definitely a scale bot too
When you realize that your crush is following you around
How much do you think that robot is actually designed by students
@Rose Bandrowski this that not a student led team?
No it’s a mentor led team at the Johnson space center in Houston
It’s on the campus in one of the main engineering buildings
Oh ok, that robot is still so cool!
Yeah, they build a full size field, and they have a lot of different robots, the everybot was finished very early on, I was able to visit their shop the stronghold year, it’s really cool
My father and I actually had a discussion about that dog robot. It’s both genius and terrifying.
Overall, my favorite is the LS3 (Legged Squad Support System). It carries 400 pounds and only needs to be recharged after 20 miles, which is a standard day's march.
The Marine Corps funded that one, while DARPA funded the rest. Makes sense.
Just got absolutely destroyed by a child I was overseeing. I showed him the Robonauts video and then one of THEMIS, and he said “How come you made two robots but neither are that cool?”
The robot dog is cool if you haven’t seen what happened to the 12 colonies. An event that forced the ageing Battlestar Galactica to lead 52000 people to the mythical 13th colony known as Earth.
tell him we are waiting for his talent :sunglasses:
I think that's a European team so phew!
Aussie... My suspicion that well-optimized shooters and climb with friends bots will be deadly this year seems to be coming true. It’s all about winning the switches and scale early
found one with a scissor lift
It doesn't seem to show them using it except for climbing
Even then they're not using it for climbing...? It looks like they were using a rope?
They were using it to get the rope onto the climber bar.
Without a climb with friends, I think our best chance at doing well (early on) is to always get the auto quest by being a consistent scorer on the opposite switch sides when we don't have capable alliance partners.
Thats what I figured
Here was the reveal for 4613. To go along with the auto vid
A good cause.
They only need 134$ more
I hope if everyone is safe after the lockdown.
I wasn’t at school, but I hope everyone else is fine. What happened?
It wasn't a drill
I also just. Heard that north Kitsap is under lockdown.
Hey all, if anyone needs a ride with Bill this Saturday please let chee and Bill know ASAP
There are 6 seats available in my dad’s car to go Saturday
What time dose i’m competitions start on Saturday?
Look at schedule
That makes sense, I didn’t know there was one of those.
Should I lock the trailer?
We still using it
All!! Nicely done :) I hope you had as much fun as I did this weekend! Looking forward to seeing what you will do at the next competition.
Haha I saw, thanks!
Photos posted on Flickr from FirstWA. We are an enthusiastic team! https://www.flickr.com/photos/firstwamediacrew/albums/72157691052770842
My favorite meme yet.
Look! An scissor!
more on swerve drives:
Swerve would be a very interesting off-season project. 1640 stated that they have to build their Swerve system during build season (something that takes about 5 weeks) however, I don’t think that is necessary, rather, it is something that could be done preseason. This would allow us to have a swerve drive that we could use if needed.
Rules say you can design and prototype in off season, but fabricated items must be done during the season, not before.
Design and practice using the design are most of the battle if a team has & knows how to use CAM via a CNC. This was 2910’s formula with their swerve
First: It surprises us that we feel the need to say this, please don’t put the POWER CUBE cover on
anyone’s head and zip it closed; also, don’t eat it.
I was reading the team updates and found this gem with #1.
Did someone do this in order for that rule to be created??
Omg. I am very afraid
Is there any chance someone could give me a ride to Glacier Peak when we have the competition? Preferably leaving and arriving on Saturday.
Do the survey for GP and I will try to get you a ride.
I just got back from the weekly Rotary meeting and heard two things of interest here. (a) Clio Batali, team captain last year and daughter of @Dana Batali wrote the club a nice "Thank You" note for the scholarship she got last year. She's doing well at MIT and appreciates the scholarship. I think she said something about going to India over the summer for some kind of an internship. (b) This year's batch of scholarship application is due this Friday. I've sat on this committee before, read the applications before and interviewed the candidates before. I'm telling you, if you're reading this you've got a fighting chance at a scholarship. That's doubly true if you're considering NOT going to university straight away but are looking a career or technical -- pay lots of attention to that "Career / Technical Education Scholarship"
The application forms are on the Rotary Web site and are due this Friday. Thinks it's to late and this is too last minute? I've read the applications from the folks before you. I've heard from the committee members this year. You are not too late, right now. But you will be on Saturday.
Please, tag friends here or copy, and forward to friends elsewhere.
And, needless to say, if you've got questions or concerns, feel free to hit me up here or fb or text 206 550 6241.
@Jon Coonan -- I assume you're an admin here. Please consider posting to Announcements.
Team Update 17: https://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2018/Manual/TeamUpdates/TeamUpdate17.pdf. NOT to be missed!
@Chris Rininger Those seem like very drastic changes to make this late in the season.
I agree it's troubling. How many teams will be forced to redesign parts of their robot?
You guys legit scared me
Hey it's there FIRST time not changing the rules. Cut them some slack
I, too, never have updates to my personal Game and Season Manuel.
Rip Stephen Hawkins. Age 76.
Happy Pi Day! :pie:
Man everyone is sick
I hope I didn’t give people mono gees!
Nah. Just a lot of people getting a cold
Oh thank goD
This robot is amazing
We should make one for the Mechanics room
Yeah sure. You got 12 grand
I love Japan
If anyone feels the need to watch the poor camerawoman get her equipment knocked into, for whatever reason, I may have taken the time to crosscheck photos, schedules and livestreams to locate the exact moment.
use tat tomorow against our apponements
Hey guys, I know we lost, but we really gave them a tough victory. Awesome job everyone! Go 4915!
Great job team! Here is a playlist of all the matches we were in today: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcarDjxrehe0U8SO4Fw7WLLR3oJ-GMh
Thanks to whomever it was who put my suitcase up by the door of get school. Got it.
Hey @Harrison , check out Jack in the Bot's youtube banner https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC45x0tv2RvzXupE-WmGGPJg
No yeah cruz already showed me
Photos of GP from FirstWA: https://www.flickr.com/photos/firstwamediacrew/albums/72157693065595931
new nvidia announcements... including the isaac robotics sdk.
Another Scissor lift- Ours is much better https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163080&highlight=Scissor+lift
So they use 3 or 6 pistons, interesting
Hey, early on in the year, someone on the team said what our exact color of blue was (#series of numbers and letter) does anyone remember what that was, I am doing a little mini project for Portland and I need that exact color.
Post in marketing
Check marketing's pinned items
Ok thank you
The blue is 1455fb
Yeah I found it
Chris knows them by heart. Someone help this man.
Some people can’t be helped.
Team 2471 Team Mean Machine has a good 2 cube auto. Watching Lake Oswego Semifinals.
Is that live on twitch or pre-recorded
I mean an old match
Live. Semi 1 Match 2
2471 also has climb with friends that worked in the first finals match of Lake Oswego
^^ marketing team would be better channel for this question
I know that we just qualified for districts and it is exciting don't get me wrong, but we should all respect team 1571 CALibrate robotics, they were unfortunately the 65 ranked team.
A family friend that we're visiting in Colorado runs a business called Paint the Pine, it allows you to print anything as a stencil and then paint it onto boards of pine. I decided to make this one today.
You nerd . Do some Easter egg or bunny .
Is this an April fools joke??
Not to be rude
It must have been aliens... they want our tech!
I knew it
Not saying our bot is useless but why would anyone want our robot.
The purpose is for only one game
Because it’s beautiful
From a beneficial stand point is it in fact worth it to steel our robot.
If they wanted a beautiful robot why not take jack in the bot, they have swerve drive not us.
Thieves are superficial like that
I got a kick out of this: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubberduckdebugging?wprov=sfla1. For April Fools Stack Overflow created quack overflow.
Team 1684 has a 3 cube auto
Team 254 does also
Do you guys have any footage of the new harvester, on the robot. I had to leave early so I didn't get to see much.
Hey I wish you guys best of luck trying to get the new harvester onto the robot
Kaedric, did Mr. Chee chase you to another team?
I guess Clio abandoned us
Can someone post a match schedule and the twitch link?
They also have a link to the stream (supposedly)
Test matches are underway now.
My dad can't have his donut so he's donating it to the team. Does anyone want a voodoo donut? I have it outside the center
Teams are promoting all ethnicities, genders, and ages with a photo booth and #ilooklikeanengineer upstairs by the t-shirt both of anyone’s interested!
Hey all, I'm so proud of everyone these last few days! I know seems thing grim, but I think we could easily turn this around into an upbeat sports movie montage :ok_hand:
Great job all around, scouters, mechanics, our amazing mascots. Special shout out to drive team. Great job Kenneth, Sovick, Will, Jon, and Rose
We got this team!
if you can, come to the stands, there are only 3 students here.
if you are in the pits and aren’t doing anything, come out to the stands and help us cheer. Our section of the stands is looking very empty.
We need people up in the stands to cheer, 4911 is playing next match
And Apex 5803 is after them
Hey anyone that is not needed in the pit come on up before match 102 upfront we are in match 103 and we need some team spirit
I don't think we are in 103
I'm so sorry I forgot
I missed phred and skunkworks, could someone who is staying to talk to them
Hey I have worms set up in room 506 if you want to. I can get 3 or 4 more people into playing worms
Here is a YouTube playlist of all the matches we have been in (2 different views per match): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcarDjxrehfqG70VyD2mrkD9Enor1u0
Hey thank you so much. Going to review
If some could in the next few min, could someone get the flag to the mascot parade?
Hey can someone in pit grab the flag and bring it to the field so they can wave it
If you’re just hanging around in the pit doing nothing, come up to the stands and help us cheer.
Been an honor to work with all of you these past few months. Best year I ever had. I'm thrilled to see how we do next year!
Awesome job to everyone involved :relaxed:
Great intro for a newbie. Had a great time! Looking forward to being able to contribute more next year.
Two albums of photos of the PNW District Championship published by FirstWA:
When judges come over to see the scissor lift they be like
They have a 4 cube auto now
Wind storm in Denver leads to... portopotonomous: https://twitter.com/nexton9news/status/986360401532215296
The only way to watch the competitions
Did anyone watch finals for newton
4911 IN THE FINALS OF EINSTEINS!!!
It is crazy, they have to go against an undefeated team though.
Oh man cheesy poofs though
Cheesy Poofs is 51-0 this season
drama w/ 4911's bot?? or just a break... a LONGGG break... nm -- it is the field+video drama : )
That was an interesting first final
Yeah what happened to jack in the bot
It fell over but the camera didn't show it
An undefeated season
4911 finished as the captain of the 2nd place alliance of Einsteins they were eliminated in the finals.
Operation: deep space is the name apparently
2019 GAME ANNOUNCED
Operation: Deep Space
THATS SO COOL
Team 118's gonna have fun next year
We should prototype a tractor beam in the off-season!
We’re building a ship!
@Nora Wilson ^^^ARTEMIS
Some how they never cease to amaze
Guys what is common in space
And if you have no gravity you can fly
Flying game confirmed
How can you simulate less gravity
Please stop. All physics kids are cringing
Y’all filthy mouthed
Oh yeah I forgot
What is wrong with you justice
Gonna need some space from y’all
One does not fly in space @Harrison, one falls.
Personally, I’m over the moon at the prospect of a deep space game.
Nora can you make a meme out of this.
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How have you only JUST joined random? @Ronan Bennett
I actually peek in this channel to check in every once in a while, but I just never clicked join
Ah, that makes more sense
That moment when chee calls u in class but u weren’t paying attention
He just needed some space from all our bad jokes.
Yes, bad jokes.
The yokes on him
I was happy to see a familiar face on the FRC web site https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/event-experience The name didn't quite match the face though :slightlysmilingface: https://youtu.be/HtZbRaTTIVU
Binnur and I are a team. You can hardly tell us apart... :-)
I know the feeling! My wife and I worked together most of our careers. I was just an extension of her will.
... and another article on humans bonding with robots. http://ispr.info/2018/06/12/how-humans-bond-with-robot-colleagues/
Here is Andrew Slocum's "Design is a Passionate Process" white paper. It's a good (but somewhat long) read on design in the context of MIT's famous hands-on design class: http://web.mit.edu/2.75/fundamentals/FUNdaMENTALs%20Book%20pdf/FUNdaMENTALs%20Topic%201.PDF .
Since the format of the class is a new game each year with the assignment of designing and building a machine to play the game, there are lots of parallels with FRC here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any students or mentors interested in diving deep into mechanical design process.
I found the link to the above within FRC team 3847 Spectrum's expansive Design Concepts presentation that I've shared before. Here's the link to that again in case you missed it the first time: http://blog.spectrum3847.org/2017/12/spectrum-design-concepts.html
Hello everyone, I have a class at work this week on girls-only welding, but next to no one is showing up and there are lots of open spots. If any girls are interested in joining, or if you know any who would like to learn, please DM me, it’s a fun learning experience.
Paul’s fidget spinner class: 2 of the 4 spinners are completed and within the tolerance of 0.001.
One more done!
Is there a similar scientific explanation for the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?
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Why is there such a large increase in size when a seal becomes ionized? Does this explain why nobody has perfected a biological electric storage battery?
Planet Spartronics has a nice ring to it
Could be useful... https://hackaday.com/2018/08/06/fxsolver-is-a-math-notebook-for-engineers/
Anyone want to try driving robots? Here's the latest Autodesk Synthesis simulator. If running on a less powerful machine, adjust display settings accordingly. To get a flavor, watch the video. https://www.chiefdelphi.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=166256
(Tarkan is not in China, he's interning in California this summer. Others on the team went without him.)
I just completed forensic disassembly of an OFO bike. It is very interesting study in design. Perhaps that is a good thing to do in the pre-season. I got mine from the pile next to the Bainbridge Police Station (I asked first). I don't know how fast they are disappearing, but one with both wheels is a must. Lights are highly desirable because of some of the interesting features they have, but those features make them attractive to salvagers who don't want whole bikes.
hopefully you put it back together and put it back into service? Inquiring minds, etc.. :slightlysmilingface:
For those interested in the electronics side of the OFO bike (Australian style): http://ofodufafa.blogspot.com/2018/07/what-makes-ofo-bike-tick.html
Unfortunately OFO bikes use tamper resistant technology that makes forensic disassembly a one way process for some things like the electronic lock assembly. All of the police station bikes were missing chains, kick stands, and baskets, so putting the one I have back in service will be a problem. The description of the electronics that Riyadth found is spot on. I have yet to test run the gear motor, which is really cute.
This is a really cool example of engineers working around a problem without making too many sacrifices.
Teaser in 3 minutes
Closing doors to escape avalanche?
ICE=WATER WATER GAME CONFIRMED
Oh I hope not
Someone stole the plot of the Martian, except it's not on mars. Dust Storm, base evacuation, and escape rocket
It is on Planet Primus Instead
Also guaranteed climbing thing instead will be blast off
possible but it also seems like they are closing doors like locking down.
Zero Gravity Field????
possible but is on a planet
Total guess: shooting game. Cylindrical durable plastic canister game pieces shot through opening and closing storage portals. End game: steep ramp, or maybe balancing with alliance partners on something as in some past games. Seems like they’ve done climbing enough years in a row.
I note something in this video, and in the earlier ones: there are clouds of dust and/or rocket exhaust featured. I am speculating that there might be a "reduced vision" component in the upcoming event. Maybe a smoke machine in front of the drivers stations? Probably only for a part of the match. Something that gives an advantage to teams that implement telemetry/video feeds from their robot back to the driver station.
oooohhh, that would be interesting.
Sounds like a use for vision @Darwin Clark
Possible clue in the teaser video? I was going through the video frame by frame ( '.' (period) to go forward, ',' (comma) to go back), and noticed something unusual about the timestamps in the upper left corner. They don't seem to advance in a sane or uniform manner. Looking at the first few timestamps, I see them displayed for a different number of frames each:
20:30:18:06 3 frames
03:02:53:19 4 frames
11:40:19:06 2 frames
18:58:15:29 1 frames
16:22:32:02 1 frames
15:49:04:12 3 frames
18:02:29:02 2 frames
14:39:37:27 2 frames
07:01:20:00 2 frames
I speculate that the number of frames the timestamp is displayed correlates to the significant number within the timestamp, since none that I observed were displayed for more than 4 frames, and there are 4 digits per timestamp.
So, if the third digit in the first timestamp is important, and the 4th in the second, etc., this could represent a sequence of numbers like this:
Does anyone care to speculate what that might mean? And does anyone have the energy to go through the entire video and capture all the timestamps and the number of frames they are displayed?
(OK, I'm really excited the season is starting back up... #omgrobots!)
The only time sequences of numbers like that show up is in climatology data
If that is indeed true, someone could look into climatology, there could be a correlation to those numbers and an ‘atmosphere’ or weather we should expect. For instance, those numbers could potentially mean a storm on planet Primus. Though of course we already know there’s an avalanche.
Additionally, my guess for a game is as such: Robot alliances are expected to prepare their planetary base before the avalanche hits. When the time runs out is when the avalanche hits, and to prepare for that, robots might have to complete tasks around the field. Perhaps they move around the field in order to gather supplies their base will need in an avalanche. Tele-op could be a ‘roving’ stage; as in, when robots are unmanned (or only programmed to move, not having a human driver) they could move around to collect things that are considered outside of their base. Special items or something like that, that are only to be taken in tele-op. I noticed in the teaser that the door closing has 3 sections. An alliance consists of 3 robots. Perhaps endgame would be all the robots working together to close individual parts of a door. Obviously that seems pretty easy, so perhaps they can only access their door-pieces if they have all the items they collected previously arranged in specific positions. Who knows? Or, if FIRST does climbing again, all the robots have to ‘board’ (read: climb) a rocket or shuttle before the time runs out and the avalanche hits them. The human player might also be pretty important this year, because in the teaser there were lots of shadows of people walking around. Or, as Kenneth said, they stole the plot of Andy Weir’s The Martian; maybe the premise of the game is saving a stranded astronaut.
Again, all of this is crazy speculation, and likely way too specific or flawed to be true. My thoughts for the game (simplified) are as such: The premise could be a) preparing a lunar base for an avalanche, b) trying to leave the planet via rocket before the avalanche hits, and/or c) trying to save an astronaut before the avalanche gets them.
I think it IS climatology because the second teaser seems to show a “Martian” (referring to the book/movie) type of storm there is a scene from ‘The Martian’ that looks a lot like one of the scenes in that teaser.
Another interesting thing to keep in mind: Latency.
Martian rovers, and anything further out, suffer from the fact that radio waves take a long time to get to them. That means that "real-time" human control of these vehicles is not possible. If you move the joystick forwards, it can take minutes to get feedback that the rover is moving forwards, and when you release the joystick it will take minutes for the rover to stop moving. So you crash in to a lot of stuff.
I doubt they'd do it, but the field is capable of increasing latency ("lag") in the control channel, delaying messages from the driver station to the robot, and vice versa.
It would mean we'd have to rely more on autonomous, pre-programmed functions even throughout the tele-op period.
Also note that recognizing this and building some features into the robot to compensate for latency, would be a very interesting topic to discuss with judges, relevant to the theme of the competition.
Official teaser uploaded by FIRST: https://youtu.be/Rb1byfe5TU
The one I looked at before, with the funny timestamps, is no longer online.
And the new version by FIRST does not have the weird delays in the timestamps, so my code theory just went poof.
Of course, the timestamps themselves could still be a code...
I would like to congratulate Ronan on having the a PSAT score in the top 1% in the nation. Good Job Ronan!
Congrats !! Come teach Physics !!!
Woot!! Nicely done @Ronan Bennett
Whoa. Impressive. Well done.
I can’t say enough nice things about exchange student programs. If you’re even vaguely interested chat me/pm me about this. This could totally be you.
I feel personally attacked by that @Nora Wilson
I want this for our drivers station -- https://gph.is/2N0GuDZ from ‘Feel Three’ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/feelthree/feel-three-virtual-reality-motion-simulator :sunglasses:
I have a pinewood derby race at work in one week. Does anyone have a nice design idea for my car? Does anyone know how to make it go fast?
Do you start with a kit? If so, can you post a picture on slack?
We have "Scout" and "Unlimited" classes. Scout class enforces standard rules, and must start with the kit. Unlimited class cannot use ANY of the kit parts, but must conform to dimension and weight limits of the Scout class (so the car runs on the same track. Entries cannot have powered motion (but I think blinking LEDs are OK). We are judged on race speed, but also on creativity.
I am thinking that Scout class would be easier for me, since I have the kit, and very little experience. I'm hoping for something that relates to Spartronics (ie, will you guys be my sponsor?)
Ballast to the weight limit so you have maximum potential energy to convert to kinetic. Keep the weight as far aft as possible so it falls the maximum distance for maximum conversion of potential to kinetic energy. Machine the wheels round with a V cross section for the smallest contact patch. Machine the axles completely smooth; in years past the axle nails had ridges left over from the heading process.
Most people use an electric drill and a file for machining because they don't have a lathe.
I have a lot of experience with a very similar kit, Usually there might be a few bumps on the nail axel. Start by sanding down nail axels with sandpaper. You can do this by putting the nail in a drill and then rotating the nail while applying the sandpaper. This will help smooth out the driving. Next look over each wheel. You want to make sure it is a smooth as possible. If you see any bumps or non smooth spots, you will need to sand them off. You can clamp the wheel in a drill. The inside part of the wheel has an extrusion that you can clamp the drill on. Also sand the outside of the wheel. If the car rubs against one side of the track or the other, it will create friction, so smooth out the sides. Next is the graphite. You will want to apply graphite dry lubricant (The graphite in a pencil is mixed with a little clay so it will not work as well) to the axel hole in the wheel. Make sure that you add enough so that the whole axel whole is covered. If you need graphite, I have some dry graphite lubricant you can have.
We have restrictions on the wheels that seem to prohibit machining them to V shapes. But the axle polishing seems like a great idea.
I still have the big question: What should my car look like? A block of wood painted blue with a yellow gear on it? Or something more exciting? How do I make it look like a robot?
Would a 3.6V lithium D cell from an OFO bike be useful for powering bling? 5 ounces each and I can provide 3.
Maximum car weight is 5 oz. I figured I’d use coin cells for power. Doesn’t have to last too long
Now here's a cool concept for a robot! Check out the YouTube video...
I was thinking about the space theme & maybe considering a “uniform” for drive team. What’s your idea of a cool space-themed crew uniform?
I found this in an image search. I kinda like it is informal yet still sharp: https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bestand:PolitieUniform2014ConceptVoorbeeldtekening.png
But way out in DEEEEP space: https://www.amazon.com/Smiffys-Alien-Costume-Green-Large/dp/B00I8S19MO
It depends upon what we are going for, I'm personally a big fan of the style that ORF went with, where it looks a lot like a professional "uniform". (Like Chris' post)
Jumpsuits for the drive team this year would be pretty great - something like the SOTAbots.
Here we go! Race time in 1 hour!
I made it to the finals! (Well, I was one of the 16 cars out of the 37 total that made it to the finals.) I didn't place very high in the final round, though. So a bit above the 50% line. For those interested in a career in pinewood derby-ing, the top four spots were taken by mechanical engineers (or kids of mechanical engineers). So now you know what to major in at college!
Or NASA jumpsuits. The color is right https://www.amazon.com/Aeromax-Adult-Flight-Suit-Small/dp/B000H16G9G/ref=mpsa14/141-5647596-5995367?ie=UTF8&qid=1539496983&sr=8-4&pi=ACSX236SY340FMwebpQL65&keywords=nasa%2Bjumpsuit&dpPl=1&dpID=41Ti%2BmoprlL&ref=plSrch&th=1&psc=1#immersive-view1539497011653
I thought this project video was fun to watch. It shows a lot of practical techniques that are well within our capabilities: https://hackaday.com/2018/10/14/diy-wire-bender-gets-wires-all-bent-into-shape/
Dancing robots! Is no job safe?
Does Spot dig in the flower beds?
We laugh today, but we will be racing for our lives on the Battlestar Galactica soon.
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This is cool - what is our projects at school? https://flowingdata.com/2018/10/23/high-school-statistics-class-builds-election-prediction-model/
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I don’t mean to sound vain, but this has great potential as a reaction face for slack; the expression of discomfort and concern is exceedingly relatable.
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A cool robot built to repair heavy machinery! (A lot of parts in this robot are similar to things we use in FIRST)
Yesterday there was a meme war between team 5460 Strike Zone Robotics and 1684 Chimeras.
This stuff is gold
I deleted this post cause the video is too large in memory. We have a limited memory issue.
Has anyone downloaded the new DLC?
BIG FIRST ANNOUCEMENT: There will not be a bag day in ---2020--- and beyond. The last bag day will be in 2019 for Destination Deep Space.
Watch the Livestream
It was on a FIRST TWITCH LIVE STREAM
Check FRC channel
Us speaking to the freshmen in 2020: “you don’t know how good you have it, back when we were young, we had 6 weeks to build a robot… in the freezing snow.”
I caught the Lewis Black reference here...
Are you thinking I’m referencing Valentines Day?
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They forgot about the Duke Engine. It is a 5 cylinder engine that uses 3 spark plugs and has roughly the same power output as a 6 cylinder engine with the same individual piston size (ie. a 3L V6 has 6 .5L cylinders and it will produce about the same power as a 2.5L Duke engine). The thing that makes it different is that it is fully axial rather than linear.
Curiosity rover on Mars - a planet inhabited by robots. https://www.360cities.net/image/mars-panorama-curiosity-solar-day-2082
Hey team, in anticipation for the FLL competition this weekend, I created a mark-up of this year's FLL game, and I thought it would useful to anyone who wants to understand the game mechanics this year! https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1ca76SIGBLWZesgqH344yjxDizTXkawnVcF2AdQcyd-o/edit?usp=sharing (Pardon the spelling mistakes!)
hey - i don't see any spelliing mistakes unless you count meaty-ore
Chairs Project Room 2
Saw this on Thingiverse - robot with lots of 3D printed parts. https://cdn.thingiverse.com/assets/33/15/2d/ae/fe/GCU04062018-190.jpg
... and lots of rivets! Pretty cool though. They also use cam belts throughout which is interesting
Here is a time lapse of the 2 hour process of cutting the Spartronics logo with the size of 1 ft by 1 ft.
@Mark Tarlton Here's their grabcad page: https://grabcad.com/library/first-robotics-competition-team-3187-robot-1#. And here's a collection of FRC-related 3D printable designs from thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/chrisrin/likes @Kenneth Wiersema Maybe we need a 3D printing (or CAM) channel for a while as we figure out the new printer and the workflow? I'm concerned we'll be spamming the CAD channel.
And we wrote a blog about it: https://blog.synapse.com/post/why-your-smart-home-isnt-truly-smart-yet
(By "we" I mean I had nothing to do with it :-)
A former colleague of mine suggests we step up our game: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6479751277906661376
(watch the embedded video...)
Team Avatars are going to happen this year. https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2019-team-avatars-reprise
3D printer build day at our house. Seasons Greetings!
fyi: i wasn't aware of this, but chief delphi is down right now migrating to discourse. It will soon require you to reset your password to complete your own migration. Then, of course, you'll need to spend some time learning discourse... I'm not familiar with it myself so I'll be starting with the link provided by chief delphi here:
(i'll leave it to team leaders to decide whether to cross post this elsewhere)
I saw a mention or two of this as a possibility (I thought), but I guess it was actually a plan. Timing seems really risky to me with kickoff less than a week after migration - why not do this mid-summer? Overall, this will be good... modern platform many students already use rather than crusty old BBS (though I do think it was functioning fine). Thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year!
And Happy Birthday @Cruz Strom
Updated Teaser :wink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEAYJ0XyIbo&feature=youtu.be&a=
Unlocked game manual, download it (6.6 MB or so) for convenience :grin:
Update on the KoP
Spartronics Deep space kickoff bingo!
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Who’s up for a lagoon?
Thread for robots with similar mechanisms
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@Noah Solomon could you post your video of the game/skit
You will need to upload it to Google Drive and share the link, because we're out of space on Slack.
Aw, so no daily memes?
Beware that cargo is delicate, and we need it for practice: https://twitter.com/greenhornsri3d/status/1082103517681274886?s=21
Meme dump- build season memes #1-#3
Superintendent PBK bragging on local students. Top 1/2 of 1% of all Junior PSAT I think. BI Rotary meeting.
Well, now that I see the over exposed image ... that's @Ronan Bennett. Congrats!
FIRST released 3d models of the field for printing! We can print our own mini field for the contest. Maybe useful for strategy? Probably useful for outreach, to explain the game to people. Especially cool if we print a tiny model of our robot too!
That page includes an image of the floorplan of the field, which may be good for strategy work. Also, is it just me, or would it be cool to make buttons that look like mini hatch panels?
I know we have blue ABS - do we have red? Seems like the main field floor could be foam core board or something.
The highly accurate game simulation
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See why we need hydraulics?
Will there be a meeting without power?
Plan on it. Power is back on
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/23/18194398/spacex-starship-prototype-wind-damage-boca-chica-texas Mother Nature causing trouble again
Vote for Chris!!!!!
Happy Birthday @Andrew Peterson!!!
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Hey Spartronics: just had to share this with you. I’m in NYC at a real estate & technology conference and one of the new business trends they were discussing comes right from FIRST! See this slide that came up!
Quick question: how many mentors(including @Enrique Chee) do we have, and how many students do we have?
17 mentors including me and 48 students
Great thank you!
A very nice sunset just now :https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YRuAFBYi4z74JM7dk1EA-NGfopM9fYh7/view?usp=sharing
Snapped this photo on my walk to the ferry this evening: https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/oS3ai8PmQyiiuQGyuO8ZxQ.3UrsZlQsUsvzyasPdbOCJJ
Snow :snowflake: day!!!!!!!!!
@Darwin Clark (and others on the programming team who sometimes forget...) here is a solution for you:
It certainly seems to be snowing... Maybe the forecasts were correct?
Predictions on when the school is going to open up?
I give in 2 pct :monkey_face:
At this rate I say early March. But as long as Paul’s garage remains open we have a chance.
Enough with the snow already!
No kidding! I'm wearing my Bears sweatshirt and hankering for some deep dish pizza! Not to mention missing my snowplow guy ....
At least I'm happy that my driveway is 1/3 the length of my dad's while I was in high school (in Rhode Island)... That was a lot of shoveling.
no such luck here. I spent one winter in upstate NY with a loonng driveway. the neighbors took pity on me and let me borrow their snowblower.
My bet is Wednesday, and after school activities for tomorrow are not cancelled (yet)
My wife agrees with Chris. But I’m sticking with early March.
We just lost power, near Wyatt & Weaver (for those keeping score)
Just lost it here to
Been out for a couple hours south side
Still have power on the far north end.
Just lost it on Manitou...
Power's back for us! (Still at Wyatt & Weaver, as far as I can tell.)
Is school open today?
We’re waiting on an announcement about after school activities. An email will go out if we’re canceling today.
school's closed though...
Was wondering as didn’t see it on school website but parks dept is closed
It's a little slow but it works.
Humble Bundle has a deal on robotics e-books: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/robotics-iot-books?hmbsource=humblehome&hmbmedium=producttile&hmbcampaign=mosaicsection1layoutindex3layouttypetwostileindex1
Is it too late to add one of these to our robot?
yes! I feel a redesign coming on...there's still time
Thanks for posting this link. There are some good resources in this bundle.
Another way to reduce robot weight...
Get those legs hooked up and program it to do squats all night long!
112 pizza points
@Ethan Rininger Can you post the video of the best climb.
I was incorrect and the messages had not loaded on my phone.
Thinking of everyone on Bag Day - Aloha & Mahalo!
I am visiting Montana Tech tomorrow and Montana State - Bozeman on friday. Are there any questions people would like me to ask?
That is one SWEET drivetrain! Looks like 4 omnis on the corners, and 2 omnis in the middle underneath (at right angles). You can see the ones on the bottom when it climbs.
I wonder what the driver controls are like in order to control both sets of wheels...
I've always liked elevator-arm hybrids like this. I think 148 looks faster, but as usual Mean Machine created an awesome robot.
They're also somehow ~35 lbs underweight.
Wow, a center arm like that was our lowbot concept before we decided to change to enhanced Everybot. Nice implementation!
Triple L3 climb is amazing, and the arm-on-elevator is a winner once again!
The dual star wheel hatch panel grabber is very creative. Will be one of the lowbots to watch this year for sure.
They are going to be at Glacier Peak with us
The year after we will make robots that float in the water filled holes left by the tree movers.
Very proud of @Merrill Keating, @Violet Advani, @Chris Mentzer, and @Peter Hall for showing up at tonight's City Council meeting in support of Bainbridge Island Girl Up month and STEM for Social Good. They made us proud! Will send photos and video to marketing soon.
Hello- there is a possibility I can attend the meeting this evening if I can get a ride to the ferry around 7:00 pm. Anyone able to help? I can pay for gas.
Here are a couple robot reveal playlists:
- Cargo passthru bots like us (9 of them, including the original 118 Everybot): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsiEJAZgdF8JEdm068Mj75Q3yaYJ550io
- Low cycling robots (75 robots - filtered from a much larger playlist). I ordered these by team number, with the oldest teams first). As far as I can tell, 2910 Jack-in-the-Bot from PNW might be the fastest, so they'll be a good benchmark for target cycle times. They're also competing in Mt. Vernon right now. Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsiEJAZgdF8LrGGn-4uWxwfMt01Q87Q7s
Jack in the Bot is incredible.
Mt. Vernon Week 1 Competition is streaming:
Mix of panning close-ups & full field view during matches: https://www.twitch.tv/firstwared1
Just full field view during matches (better for scouting practice): https://www.twitch.tv/firstwared2
I watched a few matches, and this seems to be a hard game. Not much scoring. Even Jack-in-the-Bot was not world beatingly good. I suspect the low scoring is because of poor sightlines and because playing the game on the real field with other robots is proving to be quite different than practice.
Jack-in-the-Bot and Apex are 1 and 2, and they just teamed with the #17 team to win with a high score of 63 points. Notably, Apex tipped during the L3 climb, and Jack-in-the-Bot dozed them out of the way and did the L3 climb themselves, so the alliance got 3 RP.
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That’s all we know.
Try again --- I'm overwhelmed by irony
Couple lowbots I like:
https://youtu.be/UaEb1YvvSoE --> a lateral sliding rail is integrated into the whole system making lining up faster
https://youtu.be/SIXFBqqWRd8 --> just a cleverly simple low bot design - the cargo handling design is quite simple, yet seems very effective. By handling cargo all on one side, there is all the space in the world on the other side to build an effective hatch panel handler (but they went with velcro/eject anyway)
Creative triple level 2 HAB start...
Can someone post a link to a climbing video from today?
This robot is acting as a backstop for the other robot's level 3 climb
We need one that does that on tubes.
might be fun to cut a large party cheese with it too!
.. or better yet, tubers. Take a potato and cut a continuous slice around the circumference .. then fry. a potato chip that's several feet long.
Playlist of our matches today. Some views were missing from YouTube, but every match is represented. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcarDjxrehfnAwjCewuaeRaVOuWdmCi
For anyone who isn’t going to be at the competition today and still wants to watch
Interesting looking vision solution by 488
Team congrats on alliance selection and good luck!
To be clear, this is a driver camera solution. Not computer vision. Darwin has talked with them about it.
CONGRATULATIONS @Riyadth Al-Kazily!
I am honored!
And we are honored to have you as one of our many outstanding mentors for 4915!
Please make this an emoji
Are we still going to Glacier Peak
We are guaranteed two competitions every year.
You ROCK Riyadth!
Sorry to inform you but my dad told me last night that I can not afford to go to open house today, I really wish I could come, but again, I’m sorry. I also sent an email to you about my current situation @Enrique Chee @Cruz Strom @Kenneth Wiersema @Jack Chapman @Micah C. Glasby
Hey, I want to encourage the team to pay attention to current discussion on the Boeing 737 Max 8. I expect the careful reader will see a lot that looks familiar.
The problem with the Lion Air flight was the MCAS went to work when it shouldn’t have. The 737 MAX was climbing normally, but due to a faulty sensor the digital flight data recorder detected a hard-to-believe 20-degree difference in the angle of attack between the left and right sides. Over the next 10 minutes, the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the plane’s nose back up, but the MCAS kept forcing the yoke forward, pushing the plane down. Ultimately, the plane crashed into the Java Sea, killing everyone aboard.
If the pilots had known the MCAS was at fault, they could have shut down the plane’s ability to automatically adjust its trim (which determines its position in the air) so they could manually do it themselves. But they ended up “behind the airplane,” confused and trying to figure out what the computer was up to. “When you’re behind the airplane, you’re almost dead,” Aimer says.
That may be because they didn’t know the MCAS existed: In the jet’s manual, Boeing had not noted its presence. In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company had worried about “inundating average pilots with too much information—and significantly more technical data—than they needed or could digest.” Meanwhile, Boeing was pitching the 737 MAX to airlines as being so similar to the previous generation that pilots flying the old 737 would barely need any new training.
nice summary Mike. Thanks!
Team 971 interestingly uses a single active suction cup for BOTH hatch panels and cargo. Very cool, small footprint robot that weighs in at around 90 lbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2goz1ghXXk&feature=youtu.be
One of the mentors for 2910 (Jack in the Bot) created a company that sells swerve modules to FRC teams. Here is the link to check out: https://www.swervedrivespecialties.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Fc2-E9q0L8WzTsSaZFp5LYA2huljYTaf3eF3fnEAI0mG4XmNh66HDw
My dog found a good use for the fuel
I am building a playlist of our matches on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcarDjxrehfnvceWDTSYURkeF0Leho8
I put all of today's matches on the playlist. Some only had the "wide" field view available. I will update it if the regular view becomes available later.
I find the wide view superior because the multi-cam pan view makes it hard to follow a particular robot. Thanks Riyadth!
So do we have enough points to compete in districts? Or are we just competing for the award
Idk I would assume we get another shot at competition
We are only competing for the Engineering Inspiration award, not with the robot.
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If anyone would like to go to the robobash dance hosted by 5588 Reign let me know and we can try to organize getting down there for the dance
I would personally love to go. @Chris Mentzer do you know when and where it is.
It is on Friday night of district champs from 7-10 at the tacoma convention center venue
I’m in if I can stay longer
My new favorite podcast is Relatively Prime, "Stories from the Mathematical Domain." If the title entrigues you, you may like it as well. Here are some teasers:
- Hank Aarron, the famous baseball player, has an Erdos number of 1 (sort of)
- There is an alarmingly simple formula for the n-th non-square integer (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 ....)
- You've got familiarity with regular polygons in 3D -- pyramids, soccer balls, D12 dice -- you can do the same thing in 4 dimentions. If you project them down into 3 dimensions they look really cool. I wonder if we 3D print one, like this: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:97757
The podcast is actually very accessible to the lay listener.
Does anyone want to see the 6:50 showing of “Us” with me at the theatre? I prefer not to watch Spooky Movies alone
I would likely scream like a little girl but I would like to come
Not likely, definitely
Just out of curiosity, I signed up for the PNW District event and they said they have no available spots. So did anyone get an email that said they will be volunteering? I talked to Emerson and he said he didn’t get a spot either.
FWIW: I signed up a few days ago, and on my dashboard it still says 'pending'. Maybe their full?
I'll ask my Microsoft mentor network friends if they know how it works. Maybe one has to volunteer well in advance for DCMPS.
Here’s what I received back, including contact information for a person to whom a student could reach out for more information. It may not help this year, but could help for future....
From: Dan Rosenstein <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:19 AM
To: Chris Rininger; FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Community
Subject: Re: DCMPS Volunteering Question
Hey Chris. It’s awesome your students wanted to volunteer! You should (or better have a student) reach out to adrianne from FIRST and just ask why. May not change for this year, but could help for planning in the future.
From: Chris Rininger
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:15:34 AM
To: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Community
Subject: DCMPS Volunteering Question
Our team usually qualifies to compete at DCMPS here in PNW, but this year we were plagued with problems & didn’t make it (except competing for Engineering Inspiration; we’re grateful for that opportunity).
A good number of students decided to take the opportunity to volunteer at DCMPS since the robot isn’t competing, but as far as I know none of them were accepted.
I told them I’d ask around to see if I could find out why. Do any of you know how DCMPs volunteering works? We’ve had team members volunteer at district events, and almost all volunteer at the FLL event we host annually, but we don’t have experience with this event.
Chris - 4915 Spartronics mentor
Cruz and I were talking about this earlier. He got a rejection email at first, but didn't get one after selecting only 'Assign me as needed.' I got a rejection email at first when I only signed up for Thursday and Saturdat, but didn't get one after resubmitting it for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with 'Assign me as needed.'
We're both 'pending' now.
I selected only “assign me as needed” for Friday and Saturday and got a rejection email the next day
That could be because you didn't select all three days? I got one when I signed up for Thursday and Friday at first.
I also got a reject email.
@Cruz Strom So despite the mass amounts of rejection emails we're still on for carpooling?
We are still carpooling to the event every day. If you sign up to carpool, you have received an email about who you are riding with which day. When we get to the event, we will leave our contact info at pit admin so they can call if they need help.
I'm not sure if everyone noticed: Coach Chee also inquired about volunteering at DCMPs, and he found out people can volunteer each day at around 9am and post-lunch. So it's still valid to go & try to volunteer if you have time. And if that doesn't work out, then just enjoy attending and watching Destination Deep Space played at a high level, especially elims.
Team 2980 Whibey Island Wildcats won the Auburn Engineering Inspiration Award
Just bumped into our youngest robotics fan in Vegas - Leo - who is the kid who came to our Open House last year dressed as a robot!
Reunited! @Cruz Strom https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j0KD1yCbEohgdSQoRhoWRuLKF2jeXpH/view?usp=drivesdk
Tell kaedric I said hi ! @Cruz Strom what are you doing as volunteer ?
He is part of the AV crew, manning a camera.
@Peter Hall Safety glasses? ;-)
Don Bossi is at Tacoma!!!
Autographed our monitor, with glitter!
Hey, let me pitch something new to you. Next year, BHS will be hosting a Rotary Exchange student from the Netherlands. She'll be living with local families, 3 of them over the course of her stay from September to June. Which families? Well, that's where you guys come in.
My family has done this sort of thing several times and found it tremendously enriching. Without fail, the students we've hosted have been fun to be with, very well behaved and enriched our lives in ways we would never have imagined. Here are a couple of the specific ways it touched us:
- My 9 year old daughter found out that a young woman really can live for almost a year, away from her family, in a foreign country, even if she can't speak great English. That summer she stayed with her host sister for six weeks in Kagoshima, Japan. She was 10 at the time. She learned enough Japanese to push back when the boys on the soccer field got a little uppity.
- My freshman daughter learned to get along with her exchange sister even though her family's background is very different than ours. She later spent a semester in Zacatecas Mexico living with a her host sister's family.
- I got to see BHS from the perspective of girls with radically different backgrounds. Somethings are different: Prom (they go, even if they're Juniors), Scarlet Letter, Ceramics class. Somethings are the same: Dating, Netflix, friends.
Oh, one more thing ... for the boys. All our host students have been girls, as is this one. So, I know whereof I speak. Every year, the exchange-student girls end up hanging out together. A lot. Gentlemen, it's the mother of all ice breakers. Pay attention.
We treat travel like it's a reward for working hard your entire life. That's wrong. Finding out how other people think and live, that's what travel is and its vital training for growing up. This isn't quite that, but it's pretty close.
I want to strongly encourage you to float this idea at the dinner table tonight: "So, one of the mentors at Robotics talked about hosting a Rotary Exchange student for 3 months. What do you think?" See where the conversation goes. Let me know.
Interesting article about Ed Catmull (ex Pixar chief) who has no "mind's eye", despite being a key figure in advancing 3D animation. It that expands into a discussion about how some people can visualize so well they can replay every movie they ever saw in their heads, while others are like Mr. Catmull & cannot conjure the simplest image. Interestingly, there are very talented artists at both ends of the "mind's eye" spectrum. What can you see with your "mind's eye"? https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47830256
Looks great mounted and polished up like that! I think our group learned a lot from that project. Thanks for sharing the photos.
where's the video of it generating energy? Can you charge an iphone with it? :slightlysmilingface:
Ahhh.... sure! Yeah! in the next release, for sure!! Actually, we weren't able to get it to run consistently before we ran out of time. The junction where the vertical brass support shaft attaches to the two horizontal rods isn't exactly right. It's supposed to slide for adjustment and tuning but then stay in place during operation. There's just a bit too much play there and so it doesn't stay put. Once it moves, then the piston's connecting rod binds a bit and we lose speed.
It's really pretty nice work though. The BARN has it on display outside the metal shop.
Anyone planning to go to the IRS social this Saturday at Issaquah High School, please respond here so we can arrange rides.
I'm not attending, but iirc you need a mentor from the team to go with.
What is the IRS Social, @Justice James?
It's a potluck social event from 6 -9 pm this Saturday, @Cruz Strom.
their marketing can certainly use help! that music and video… :confused: otherwise, impressive!
Houston divisions are out (check FRC slack channel). Here is a document with each of the PNW Teams and more noteworthy other teams. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jRaf95VrbOwncw2glheRhOPMTiZ8nO50PORALZvVd04
Not really off the shelf but if we order early we might get some in time for next season.
HELIOS IS IN THE VIDEO!!!!! 1:05
Apex and Vikings team members are also in the video
Great to see this kind of mainstream advocacy of FIRST!
Good eye @Cruz Strom
Free dishwasher to good home. Still sort of works. It goes through the motions, but does not clean dishes well or remember to stop on time. Just got the new one installed.
In Houston Carver division, 4911 is allied with 118 (Robonauts), 2147 (CHUCK) from Spokane, and 5006 (Apophis) from Arkansas!. They just won their first quarters match, their next one will be between 8:20 and 8:30.
In Turing division, NRG (Newport robotics group) is allied with the poofs(254)! In a different division, Lion robotics(2907, from Auburn Mountainview) is on the same alliance as Robowranglers (148)!
Team 948 NRG has advanced to Einstein finals as a backup.
FIRST robotics 2020 FRC game: Infinite Recharge!!!!!
Ok hear me out, the theme of the robotics competition seems to be the future. With FTC being based around tall towers. With are game being based on charging or recharging with electricity. I was at first thinking it was going to be similar to first steam works where you have to fuel something with some game element. But then it hit me, the part about infinite, in our life we use nature(which makes sense, since in the teaser it shows people trying to help nature) to create energy. We harness the WIND and WATER to create REusable energy to CHARGE our devices as an “INFINITE” source of Power. Don’t you get it water game and flying game confirmed!!!
Themes seem to be future, urban, and renewable energy. Maybe the robots’ role within the game theme will be solar panel maintainers (cleaning, fixing...) or maybe couriers of batteries or power cells that have been charged with renewable energy sources.
Correct @Harrison !
I made a spartronics egg! The Instagram symbol is for marketing, wrench for mechanics, binary for programming (it says “programming” if you’re wondering), and circuits for electronics. The darker blues are to match our mugs. It says 4915 at the top and spartronics at the bottom. My apologies to CAD and Bumpers, I couldn’t fit any more symbols.
I don’t quite know how to send links to photos so sorry if I’m taking up too much space
How long did that take to make
Wow ! @Nora Wilson .You get extra credit .
I remember seeing one of those in the ETA at BARN not too long ago.
Here's deeper dive into eggbots from the CAD and robotics perspective. The underlying computer hardware and software is the same as in the XCarve. the software they recommend for designing the surface patterns is used at the BARN for the laser cutter. If you'd like to build your own robot, this is one place to start.
Here's another tiny robot. A plotter made from a couple of old CD/DVD drives: https://hackaday.com/2019/04/29/build-a-plotter-using-scrap-dvd-drives/
This needs to be an emoji
I was told long ago by my favorite college professor: “Look for the beauty in failure. Find it and you have learned plenty.”
I was told early on that "if I wasn't failing I wasn't trying." Improvement comes from pushing yourself beyond what you're comfortable doing.
And we think we have a surplus... https://www.chiefdelphi.com/t/andymark-has-73289-fuel-balls-in-stock/357116/7
If you're interested in a place to hang out and code, want to see what West Sound CoderDojo is all about, or are just interested in mentoring, this Saturday (11 May) from 10:30a - 12:30p is international Scratch Day and our 4th birthday bash at WWU-Poulsbo. There will be prizes, snacks, DIY projects, and County Commissioner Gelder plans to stop in. Tickets are free and registration required. If you can't make the 11th, we meet biweekly from September through July each year. Would love to see some Spartronics team members mentor as time allows. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-sound-coderdojo-2018-2019-tickets-48993022449
Speaking of Math, from the current MSDN magazine a short, enjoyable article on the "Calculus vs Statistics in High School" by fellow Robotics Mentor David Platt.
In includes this gem,
"They asked 61 doctors the following question: “If a test to detect a disease whose prevalence is 1/1,000 has a false positive rate of 5 percent, what is the chance that a person found to have a positive result actually has the disease, assuming you know nothing about the person’s symptoms or signs?”
"Figure it out yourself. I’ll bet you get it wrong. So did three-quarters of the doctors they asked. Would you say 95 percent? 90 percent? I’ll stop writing to give you time to work it out."
We just found out today that band is having its final Spring concert on the same night as the final team meeting. I can make part of the leadership meeting but the mentor/team meeting isn't likely...
@Doña Keating the concert is actually Thursday not Wednesday. It interferes with the Design class but that is about it.
Thanks, @Harrison. Merrill told us it was Wednesday but just checked her Google calendar and it is Thursday. As you were...
They used constant force springs on their elevator.
Hello Everybody, In my spare time, I am in charge of filming for the football team. I am in need of some people to help me film. If you are a interested student, here is the job description and a link to a survey if you are interested “Do you enjoy filming or want more experience using a video camera? Are you interested in filming football next year? This is a great opportunity to learn the art of sports videography. There will be opportunities to travel with the team to all away games. You may even get to learn how to fly the drone. Please fill out this brief survey by June 7th. https://forms.gle/HxrqQJWU1WjvJLuD9 ”
A fun 3-day event in July for those who are in town and interested - https://pages.museumofflight.org/lunar-block-party
Merrill's lacrosse coach (Tami) mentioned you yesterday - you also film the team games. Way to go, @Cruz Strom...
Some on Citrus Circuits 1678 put this together on Chief Delphi. https://www.chiefdelphi.com/t/einstein-lime-rick/358080
Hey everyone, ROCK is hosting what is essentially their open house from 6–7:30 at Olympic High School. I was thinking of going if anyone wants to join let me know
Some Spartronics kids converge upon Pacific Science Center tonight...
A wild @Chris Mentzer spotted in his natural habitat.
@Nora Wilson Excellent choice! I coincidentally sang that song with Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, and other astronauts in attendance at an alumni event when I was in the varsity glee club at Purdue University. A lot of astronauts are Purdue alumni.
What an interesting factoid, @Chris Rininger. Now we'll have to hear you sing. Thanks for the share, @Nora Wilson...it's a brill one.
I think the alumni event might have been tied to the 20th anniversary of the moon landing LOL
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Is someone coming by to pick up Atlas?
Anyone come yet?
I assume some of you know these BI students who attend Raisbeck. Exciting news! From George S senior: Back in first position! Two Bainbridge Island teens are on a team racing for a national title. After setting a track record yesterday, their team was met with a strong response from their leading competitor. After dueling it out at speeds up to 80 miles an hour, the field has settled into more sustainable speeds. The Raisbeck Aviation High School Team fought back into the lead. Locals George Sidles (Team Captain) and Nic Nehmeth (Driver) worked most of a year with their team to design and build the car they are racing. http://www.solarcarchallenge.org/challenge/results-live.shtml
BISD home page for information about @Sean Reilly - Future Business Leaders Earn National Honors - Six members BHS FBLA chapter traveled to San Antonio, TX for the National Leadership Conference the last week of June. 13.000 students and advisers from all over the world came to the three day leadership conference and competition. FBLA has over 100 competitions for students from 7th-12th grades and each event averaged 350 competitors. BHS did great with Sean Reilly earning 5th in Economics and Lucy Hanacek making finals in Banking & Finance. Other students competing included Elisabeth Leung - Business Calculations, Alex Maher - Intro to Business Procedures, and Owen Rector and Nick Hughes - Intro to Financial Math. Congratulations!
Hey I was thinking about this a lot during the parade today. We spend a lot of time with the peninsula alliance but every time we go to an event of some kind. I feel like there is very obviously some kind of team based separation(Spartornics hangs with spartonics, ROCK hangs with ROCK, so on). And the worse part is that every time I start to feel comfortable talking to people from other teams, The parade starts and we begin to go our separate ways once it is done. It really does suck. So I was thinking we Should do some kind of Peninsula Alliance social(Like what 1318 IRS do). It would be a great way to meet other people from other teams so then we feel more comfortable at competitions and parades. I have no idea where to start with something like this. And also with logistics of where, when or even “should we do this in the first place”. I haven’t thought of anything else I just wanted to put it out and get feedback on the idea.
I think this could be a lot of fun. We don’t necessarily need to limit ourselves to the Peninsula Alliance; we could even invite other teams.
Infinite Recharge? Solar-sailing satellite proves it can use light to propel through space - The Verge
Robotics kids staffing National Youth Leadership Training. From Left to Right: Beau (2928 Viking Robotics), Micah (Spartronics), Myself, and Andy (3826 SRF).
From the Barn -- Tomorrow: free talk about robotics at the Seattle downtown library. By an "active advocate of the open source Robotics Operating System (ROS). Currently he leads a startup, ROSHub Inc, focused on bringing cloud based devops tools to the ROS eco-system." https://www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/learning-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D133167902
Coincidently there was a white paper just published on some ROS trailblazing some FRC folks are doing: https://www.chiefdelphi.com/t/zebros-1-1-2019-whitepaper/361502v
Just a follow up on this. George and Nic won! http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/island-teens-claim-top-prize-in-solar-car-challenge/
Amid the discussion about the release of the draft rules for No More Stop Build Day (see FRC channel), a couple people noticed there are places in the rules that suggest future games (even this year’s game) may involve tasks considered to be mutually exclusive. In other words, by design of the game, a single robot cannot possibly do everything due to size constraints. For example, a game with a task involving placing a large object at a high target (like 2018) and also a task involving collecting and storing as many small objects as possible and shooting them into a high goal (like 2017). In this situation, some teams would create a modular robot with ability to switch from major task A to major task B from match to match. Many teams would still focus on just one task. I think it’s an interesting idea...
Interestingly, this was something I saw A LOT at the FLL competition. (@Terry Shields For more detail...) Many teams had a locked in chassis, then switched modules for the different tasks of the game. Granted, their rules are much more designed for this tactic, but it's an interesting 'tell' that this concept is not unknown to FIRST.
Don’t think this concept applies to FRC . Each time you switch a module you will need to reweigh and reinspect the robot. The inspectors may frown upon this . It was mentioned in the rule release.
Hmm. As I read I3 and I4 in the rules, it seems like multi-configuration robots may be one of the things they’re now allowing for with their updated inspection approach... https://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2019/2020FRCRuleChangesStopBuildDay.pdf
We won’t know until kickoff, of course :nerd_face:
I noticed there are 35 team members in the FRC channel, and there are 50 team members in the random channel, so I’m sharing this here for the 15+ people who may not be aware the FRC teaser comes out tonight!
Congrats, @Sean Reilly! #NationalMeritSemifinalist
@Sean Lafer and pal show up at this morning's West Sound CoderDojo!
10th grade Spartronics team members who were selected today to join the BHS chapter of the National Honor Society. Criteria is a GPA of 3.5 and above...congrats!
@Jake Benjamin @Sunny Gregson @Lauren heinzelman @Merrill Keating @Jack Scheiderman @Noah Solomon
Looks like Spartronics is way ahead in robot technology: https://hackaday.com/2019/09/17/your-next-robot-needs-googly-eyes-and-other-lessons-from-disney/
Photos from today's team bonding picnic. Brill times! #morethanrobots https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ilau40b4mijv9vj/AAAeabfjTsQ5-7lWrhCoDzsea?dl=0
Found it @Cruz Strom https://www.chiefdelphi.com/t/cad-data-for-2018-field/160421
Spotted team 3786 at the Armory by MoPop
Thanks to all team members, volunteers, and fans who showed up today at Girls Generation. Your dedication and support were certainly appreciated...
If you want to see what fusion can do, this is a bike someone made. Look at the small details on the fork, tires, derailleur, brakes, and shock. The details are so good that I know the fork is a FOX Float 40 RC2, the tires are Maxxis Minion DHFs, the derailleur is a Shimano Saint, the brakes are Shimano Saints, and the shock is a Fox DHX2 with a Fox titanium coil. This is kinda insane.
En la clase de espanol, Jack S, Harrison C, y Yo hicimos un dia de los muertos altar para Woodie Flowers.
The thought of these 40+-year-old probes in interstellar space, still sending observation data back to us (at least for a few more years) is really inspiring to me. So far away, yet still so near as well in cosmic terms. https://www.livescience.com/voyager-2-reaches-interstellar-space.html
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@Chris Mentzer might hate me for this...
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This one came out recently & caught my eye: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/sphero-rvr-review-an-adventurous-programmable-and-highly-expandable-little-robot/ar-AAJO9ge
It’s like a Turtle! I wonder if you can program it in Logo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logo(programminglanguage)
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Just in case anyone is available & willing, a Microsoft colleague sent out the following plea for help judging FLL in Auburn this weekend...
This weekend, a number FIRST LEGO League competitions are happening across Washington. Teams of kids ages 9-14 have spent time since the beginning of the school year building and programming a robot made out of LEGOs to perform missions on a game board, and have been working on an innovation project where they identify a problem and develop an innovative solution. This season’s challenge is called CITY SHAPER, and is part of the FIRST RISE theme (“powered by Star Wars”).
Teams compete in a combination of four disciplines, of which three are judged – Innovation Project, Robot Design, and Core Values (the fourth is performance in the robot game). We need adults to serve as judges. I will be volunteering as Judge Advisor this weekend in Auburn, meaning that I will be managing the judging panel, and our Saturday event still needs more judges of all kinds. It currently looks as if I’ll need to run with a skeleton crew!
To register as volunteer:
Register an account on http://firstinspires.org
Go to the dashboard, “Volunteer Registration” tab
Click “Event Volunteering”
Program = FLL, State = Washington
Find “FIRST LEGO League FLL South King Auburn Qualifier” and “Volunteer”
Select one or more of Core Values Judge, Robot Design Judge, and/or Project Judge
Once you passed background screening and are assigned, you will get access to an online training & certification.
Also, I will be doing an in-person training for the judges on site on the morning of the event, 7:45am sharp.
Our state’s organization posted an overview with directions for all venues: http://firstwa.org/Volunteers
Volunteer hours are eligible for company matching on aka.ms/give; click “Match Time” and search for “FIRST Washington” as the cause.