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Old 05-04-2009, 09:06 AM
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Robots that impressed you in Dallas

From the limited viewing that I had from NASA tv, I saw a lot of robots that were impressive.

My list includes:

254a - the changes that they made made this really fun to watch

1899 - the fastest and quickest scoring robot I saw

148c - quick manuvering and great autonomous

The team of 21b, 44, and 404. Absolutely unbeatable in the finals.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:36 AM
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Re: Robots that impressed you in Dallas

Team 52. Trinity

We were paired up with them in the practice rounds. I was impressed with their ferris wheel design. It was functional as well as original.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:01 PM
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Team 52. Trinity

We were paired up with them in the practice rounds. I was impressed with their ferris wheel design. It was functional as well as original.
Trinity is Team 40 (with the ferris wheel). 52 is Sahuarita.

Thanks for the mention, Paul - you have no idea the amount of programming that went into the Operator Auto functions on that... (Ex: the lower intake pauses for 300 ms while the arm drops, otherwise the cubes roll out of the tray.)

Our entire team was very disappointed to hear 1429 wasn't coming. Coming into the tournament, we all respected Slagathor (especially 254E, whose robot was a less-refined version of it). Did you enter the online driver's challenge? With 60 points, you could have given 1114A a run for their money...
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:46 AM
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Coming into the tournament, we all respected Slagathor (especially 254E, whose robot was a less-refined version of it).
You know, when I saw 254e, I thought that it had that resemblance, but having never seen it before, I had nothing to compare it to. There was another robot there, 888a, whom we competed with at Allen/Lucas. They had re-designed their arm mechanism very similar to ours. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I am deeply humbled that a Hall of Fame team like the Poofs, thought anything that we did was good. I also thought it was cool to see other designs like ours.




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Did you enter the online driver's challenge? With 60 points, you could have given 1114A a run for their money...
I did not know of any online driver's challenge. Wish we did. I hope to go to an official field and video Slagathor doing the driver's challenge. I know with the changes we made to the drive system, we could easily score 63, and maybe more.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:20 AM
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I hope to go to an official field and video Slagathor doing the driver's challenge. I know with the changes we made to the drive system, we could easily score 63, and maybe more.
Sounds like a challenge. I'm sure the guys from 418 would be up for this.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:34 AM
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Sounds like a challenge. I'm sure the guys from 418 would be up for this.
When I get over this robot funk I'm in, (kinda burned out) I'm going to get with the teams at Lamar High, 2587 and Rice University, and use their field. When I get ready to go, I'll be sure to let you know.

Maybe we can have an internet challenge.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:37 AM
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When I get over this robot funk I'm in, (kinda burned out)
I came home from Dallas with a killer cold, so I'm tired, sick, and going through post-season let down, too. At least we didn't get blocked from going to Worlds. Not getting to play with/against Slagathor was disappointing. Do you have another group of evil geniuses coming up the ranks?
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:14 AM
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Re: Robots that impressed you in Dallas

Unfortunately, our entire team was made up of seniors. That was one of the most hardest things that I have ever had to do, look them in the eyes and tell them that we would not be able to go.

We will be doing some heavy recruiting for next year.

Some of the seniors have said that they want to come back and mentor next year. That would be great.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:30 AM
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Some of the seniors have said that they want to come back and mentor next year. That would be great.
I have about eight graduating seniors and they are ALL talking about wanting to do the Vex college competition next year. I think some or most of them will change their minds when confronted with the realities of college, but it's kind of encouraging. A couple of them are going to school locally and might help out with mentoring.

Anyway, going back to the topic, I was really impressed with Free Range Robotics 2921. Good machine, good software, good control, good drivers. Aside from the Exothermic robots, this was just about my favorite team.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:33 AM
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I was really impressed with Free Range Robotics 2921. Good machine, good software, good control, good drivers. Aside from the Exothermic robots, this was just about my favorite team.
Was this the team that had won all those competitions in New Zealand? I had heard that they were really good. I didn't get a chance to see them.
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