1471A Toss Up Wallbot Reveal "Apophis" AKA The Quadropus


Awesome, can’t wait to see what you guys come up with next year.

Old threads being revived

This is one of those robots that when your against it you hate it so much but yet you want it to be in elimination with you so badly.


Any video? Or do you know what time interval you were in during the finals stream? Thanks.


Go watch q195 in engineering :slight_smile:


What was the purpose of the long trimmed channel with the rubberband?


My guess would be it provides a point of support so that other robots can not move the barrier.


hm… that makes sense. I’ll just assume that the force of hitting the wall combined with the rubber bands allows it to deploy


OMG. :eek:

Just curious: were you not concerned about teams irreparably damaging your robot? I think there is something about wallbots not being as greatly protected by the rules against intentionally damaging robots. It seems to me that it would have been extremely vulnerable, especially in ways that would have required a lot of time (not to mention money) to fix it.

It’s like my worst nightmare. :o


We had about 4 slides bent during the course of the competition, but this was due to people walking by stepping on them in the pits, not match play. The robot was built strongly so we didn’t have any other issues with destruction.

In response to previous questions, the part at the end of the slides was built to keep the slide from flipping over and getting driven over. It also keeps the slide from being pushed too close to the goal.

It pops out automatically by that rubber band and is held in against the chassis until the slide comes out.

  1. Did you ever have problems with other teams running over your middle zone robot’s umbilical cord and restricting its movement?

  2. Did you ever have and issues with having the umbilical cords called for unnecessary risk of entanglement?

  3. Did the wires in the umbilical cords ever get pinched when you moved or it was run over? Also, did other robots get stuck on the umbilical cords?


If you look closely at one of the original images posted you can see that it is impossible for an opposing robot to drive over the “umbilical cord” because one of there deployments blocks the cord and the scoring part of there robot.

  1. Nope, the opponents generally left microbot alone but if they had driven over the cord it would have still been able to move… Unless they parked on it, in which case it has done its job of distracting the opponents.

  2. We were never called for entanglement , pinning, etc.

  3. The wires in the umbilical cords never had any issues because they were secured very well… With several hundred zip ties :3


Was this massive robot ever questioned on possession? I imagine when you’re occupying that much of the field, and have minibots and tethers and walls everywhere and an alliance partner passing balls over the starting pod thing, it seems like it would be hard to possess less than three buckyballs.

Awesome piece of engineering here, guys. It had a few bugs but the fact that it even existed is amazing.


Got warned twice. Ref was understanding and just pointed out potential possession but it certainly wasn’t match affecting. Never got DQed.


I don’t think you should have been warned. To be trapping buckyballs you had to be touching them:


The warnings were given when buckies were caught between the base of the robot and the wall we were placed against. We didn’t want to dispute something we weren’t entirely sure of ourself. Basically, they warned us during the match that they thought the buck by the wall was beig possessed and told us not to pick up more than two with the minibot and we cooperated.


Cool bot.:eek: Did you ever find any video?


Ok this is wayy off but did they actually let you build robots like that int he compeititon? THis might be a stupid question


This robot competed in worlds 2014 and won the create award :wink:


Wait seriosuly? They let robotics like this? I feel like I am bering scammed. :face_with_raised_eyebrow: