Yes, you read that right, Cat bot, vs Claw bot. A slight detour from our normal summer challenge.
I have a cat. I have a cat in a confined space, my townhouse. My cat is approaching my pant size, so spend a few moments in CADing out a cat with a 42" waist and wears 2XL polo shirts. Not a pretty sight. We both need exercise, and this is where you come in.
Challenge is “exercise the cat, but don’t kill her” My cat loves the 2’ stick with the 2’ of string and the three feathers on a swivel hook. She can play for hours and hours and hours and I got bored typing that in.
Challenge: **Entertain Belle (the cat) for 10 minutes (600 seconds). **
Category 1A: Robot is on a counter (height is important to cats, so let me put you up 30" to give you some help)
Category 1B: Robot at the top of the stairs. This give you the flick down, troll the cat up, flick down, attract the cat,flick down troll up option.
Category 2: Find the cat and entertain them, – Bonus points, but I live in a quad level house, so you rolling down the stairs to the cat’s amusement will not win points.
Required stuff: Feathers. I recommend feathers on a stick ™ for about $4 at your pet place. But if you want to build an arm, use a winch, pneumatics to launch the feather, go for it.
Don’t hurt the cat
Submissions: Start a thread, your robot. Minimal is a picture or CAD of the robot. +5 bonus for a vid of your cat at play, +10 of a human over age 10 playing. For those of you who are only children, the 10 point bonus is extend to parents that are willing to play the role of the cat.
Don’t hurt the cat
I have all the parts, and I will build the best design and “Belle Test It”
**Her **choice is final.
$100 in Vex parts for the on the counter version
$100 in Vex parts for the stair version
$200 in Vex parts for the mobile version providing it does not hurt the cat or bang my furniture. Find the cat and entertain her
Claw bot bonus *“Really, you didn’t see this coming?”
A claw bot with a toy will be scored higher (by lots) than a plain robot that is a toy is attached to + $50
Clawbot wins! So Octoclaw https://vexforum.com/showpost.php?p=309190&postcount=1 if it would pet the cat for 10 mins would win. So clawbots are still a contender.