I was wondering if anyone uses standoffs on the underside of their chassis to prevent entry into the scoring zone during autonomous. If so, how well is it working for you? Would you recommend it to others? Have there been any issues with the standoffs preventing exit from scoring zones?
Restricting Movement Into Scoring Zone With Standoffs
I haven’t seen this before, but it seems like it has the potential to allow for faster stack placing. the only issue I see is if you need to go into the goal zone for whatever reason (collecting a cube out of it) then you may have issues escaping. one solution could be to have these standoffs on a hinge that allows them to fold forward but not back. that way they stay rigid when going into the goal zone, but allow you to leave.
Can someone post some pictures of this?
this is how I imagine it:
the standoff would prevent the robot from going too far into the goal zone, and would allow the driver to focus more on stacking and less on lining up. a straight line of standoffs would be good for traybots that stack without ever crossing the goal zone barriers, while you could perhaps make some sort of angled pattern for wider robots that do need to cross that bump.