Dear Vex Community,
There’s been lots of talk on vexforums about the dangers of posting photos and videos of your robots. While most other NZ teams have camera gremlin issues, AURA (a new college team from the University of Auckland) has worked hard to remove them from our cameras, because we’re all about spurring innovation and we think that posting photos and videos provides inspiration and ideas for better designs, which fuels stronger competition, increasing the value of Vex for all involved. We don’t think that having your robot copied is even that much of a competitive disadvantage - a build design can only get your robot so far.
I’m glad to say that we’ve been successful at removing the gremlins from our cameras. On our website at www.aura.org.nz, you can see heaps of photos (and some videos) that we’ve posted of our robots as we construct them. We’re a pretty new team (having only started in January), so some of the stuff isn’t that great… or at least the stuff we’ve posted…
Over the last week we’ve been working very hard in preparation for our exhibition matches again Massey University at the New Zealand National competition. We’ve finished the first robot, and are 3/4 of the way through the second. Our team members have been helping out at NZ scrimmages all season, so we’ve seen some solid designs and strong competition. We do respect the wishes of other teams though, and thus we aren’t posting the photos and videos that we have of their robots. But since this is our robot, we think we have the right to post this photo of our robot/s if we want.
However, we’re not just going to give you the link to the photo. You didn’t think it was going to be that easy did you?
So just in time for the weekend in the US, here’s the rabbithole. Dig deep enough, and you might just find what you’ve been looking for. It’s probably not going to be very easy. If you really want to see what a round-up robot from down under looks like, follow the trail. www.aura.org.nz/start-here-step-1
Something else too - once seven unique IP addresses have accessed the final image, we’ll be taking it off the website. Just to provide an extra incentive to get to the end first.
We’re happy for everyone to discuss the questions here in this thread. We’ll try to answer any questions anyone has, short of providing you with the actual answers. If it looks like everyone is getting stuck, we’ll give some hints (only information posted from this account is official). It’s taken us the better part of a day for a couple of us to build this from scratch, and we’ve learnt a LOT of things about Wordpress that we really didn’t want to know. One of our test rabbits did the whole thing in an hour. Another gave up and went off to eat some carrots.
Give it a go. Might be fun. We’ve included lots of features that might be somewhat infuriating. Don’t try to cheat. We’ll know. Here’s the link again: www.aura.org.nz/start-here-step-1
Auckland University Robotics Association (AURA)
(tldnr, go to this link: www.aura.org.nz/start-here-step-1)