The 4 Unique FRC Robots of 2015
The 2015 FIRST robotics game was an interesting one to say the least. Even though it wasn't the most favorite game among teams, it still produced some interesting robots. These robots played the game in very unique ways or had a distinct feature to them. With the help of Bo Russell, from FRC Team 2451 PWNAGE, we came up with four robots.
1. Team 610 Crescent Coyotes' Bin Grabber.
Team 610's awesome bin grabber can be seen in their release video and is a sub assembly which extends out like wings and then drives forward and quickly reverses to grab both bins during autonomous. It appears to work very well and is super fun to watch over, and over, and over and over... Also it's a pretty sweet release video too!
2. Team 2826 Wave Robotics Killer Autonomous.
This robot's autonomous hit the big time as one of the "nastiest" autonomous last year. The reason why: it's just so insanely fast! As you can see in the video, their robot can pickup all six autonomous totes and bins swiftly, and with ease. They almost make autonomous look easy (which it really isn't).
3. Team 1114 Simbotics and 900 Zebracorn's "The Crossbow"
This next wacky gadget is a great example of how a team really took advantage of the no size limit rule. Aptly named "The Crossbow" it is essentially four cross bow towers which shoot at all four of the middle autonomous bins to grab them all at the same time, then reels them in like a fishing pole. It's not only one of the coolest things you can watch in slow motion, but is also a very creative and unique solution to this challenge.
4. Team 1657 Hamosad's Stretchy and Fetchy Robot!
This awesome robot is another great example of team who really put their minds together to try and use the no size limit rule to their advantage. In fact, this robot wouldn't even work without it! It uses a plethora of out-of-box ideas that makes it a very unique and interesting robot on the field. For one, it's actually a stationary robot! The drive team places it in one position on the field and and a conveyor belt runs from the chute door to the robot working much like a modern day robotic assembly line. From there it begins stacking and once it's at full height it pushes the stack onto the loading zone. But that's not all, it also has a tethered mini-bot and a type of fishing pole which navigate around to collect the bins that are already on the playing field. How awesome is that?!?!