-At the beginning of Fall Semester 2020 CNM’s PiWars competitive robotics team faces a major hurdle. We are attempting to recreate what has been done in a social setting; remotely. Not only has the current situation created issues with meeting up remotely to work collectively, but we needed to figure out how to share one robot between four team members.
The current fix for this is Kerry Bruce, CNM instructor and one of the heads of CNM Hackerspace, supplying us with four different Dexter robots to practice on while we discuss what the collective plan is for the team bot. Luckily, we will be using an existing robot built for last year’s PiWars competition by the previous team. This year’s team does consist of two previous PiWars team members, with two newcomers. Jimmy Alexander has the competition robot and will be leading the way on the team’s bot.
Most weekly team discussions have consisted of talks about what to change on the competition bot deemed HAL 4.0 to try and polish it up from last year’s iteration. When not talking about what to change on the bot, the team members are also working with the dexter bots to practice and play with the programming features of certain sensors that we feel will be necessary to HAL 4.0