Here’s my first design concept for the season.
The idea is a robot with a pneumatically activated pusher mech and set of claws. The deploy allows it to shove off of the wall in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the wheels (sideways), propelling the robot towards the neutral mogos in auton way faster than would be possible with motors.
I am aware of some of the flaws with this design, and things that could be improved. Firstly, the pusher leg needs to actually have enough power to propel the robot all the way towards the center. Secondly, we could get closer to the mogos to start if we used a kickstand to get over the line a bit, and pushed off diagonally from the platform base, instead of the field perimeter.
I intend this post as a starting point for discussion about the unique strategy that would be using the wall to push off of, and am interested in any ideas anyone else might have about the best ways to go about doing this.