PiWars2024

Challenges with first test drive of new chassis and pcb

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Navigating the Challenges of Innovation – A Week with OSoD This week has been a whirlwind of progress and challenges for Team Cyberwar as we forge ahead with our Pi Wars contender, Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD). With a blend of breakthroughs and technical hiccups, our journey exemplifies the dynamic world of robotics. Progress Highlights: Wiring and Assembly Completion: Robert has meticulously finished the wiring for our new chassis and PCB, setting the stage for a pivotal moment in OSoD’s development.

Uncommon Ground

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Uncommon Ground: The Shared Ingenuity of OSoD and the Latest in Mobility and Robotics In the realm of robotics and automotive innovation, a silent revolution brews, one that is as understated as it is radical. At the heart of this revolution lie the Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD) – a marvel in the Pi Wars robotics competition – and its three contemporaries: the Hyundai Mobion, Mercedes EQG, and Hiwonder JetRover. What stitches these diverse entities together is their embrace of an ethos that defies convention.

Ackermann Maths

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Unveiling the Mathematics Behind Independent Four-Wheel Drive with “Virtual” Ackermann Steering In our journey to harness the full potential of Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD), we delve into the intricate world of mathematics that underpins our innovative approach. Whether we’re commanding OSoD in skid steering mode or leveraging its unique “virtual” Ackermann steering, the foundation lies in calculating the wheel speeds and steering angles using a concept known as “inverse kinematics.

Odometry Matters

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Odometry Matters In the journey towards Pi Wars 2024, we recently achieved a significant milestone that might sound deceptively simple but holds immense importance: we synchronized our wheel speeds with steering angles for the first time. While it happened relatively late in the build process (we embarked on this project back in 2021), grasping the significance of this achievement requires us to revisit the lessons learned from our past robot, Tauradigm

Solid progress

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This week, we’ve been learning about the SOLID principles of software. When I say we, I mean I (Mark) have been learning, and Rob (the professional computerman on our team) has been suggesting videos and other resources, and helping clarify bits I’ve not understood. My take on the SOLID principles, in the context of a Pi Wars robot’s software is: S: Single Responsibility Principle (SRP) Each component of the code (function, class or whatever) should have one job.

Flashy!

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Blog Post: Revolutionizing Pi Noon with OSoD’s Autonomous Strategy The Pi Noon challenge at Pi Wars has always been a thrilling test of precision and strategy, where robots face off in a duel of balloon-popping prowess. This year, Team Cyberwar is taking an unprecedented approach with their robot, Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD), by entering the challenge autonomously—a pioneering move only previously attempted by Piradigm. The Autonomous Edge: OSoD’s strategy hinges on autonomy, leveraging advanced technology to outmaneuver opponents.

Navigating the Spectrum

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Navigating the Spectrum: Sensor Selection for Pi Wars’ Diverse Arenas As we gear up for the multifaceted challenges of Pi Wars, our focus shifts to the pivotal role of sensor selection for our robot, the Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD). Let’s delve into how we plan to harness these sensors to ensure our robot can ascertain its position within the varied arenas of the competition. Sensor Requirements for Optimal Navigation The arenas present unique navigational challenges, from the tight 0.

Unraveling the Eco-Disaster Challenge

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Unraveling the Eco-Disaster Challenge: Insights from Team OSoD Welcome to our latest technical blog post, where we delve into the intricate strategies and technological advancements of our Pi Wars robot, the Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD). Our team has been hard at work strategizing for the Eco-Disaster challenge, a task that involves sorting contaminated barrels within a specific time frame. Here, we’ll explore our approaches, sensor integration, and estimated run times for the different options being evaluated.

The Lava Palava Loophole: An Ingenious Twist on Pi Wars

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In the competitive world of Pi Wars, where ingenuity meets the rigor of rulebooks, there comes an idea that could change the game, albeit with a mischievous wink. A team with a robot named Overwhelming Surplus of Diggity (OSoD) has stumbled upon a clever, if not slightly roguish, interpretation of the Lava Palava challenge rules. A Bold Strategy The challenge typically tests a robot’s ability to navigate a treacherous path without succumbing to the ’lava’.

Application Accepted

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Preparing for Pi Wars 2024: Challenges and Innovations Great news, everyone! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve successfully secured a spot in the Pi Wars 2024 competition. Our journey to Pi Wars continues, and we’re eager to share more insights into our robot’s development and our strategies for conquering the challenges ahead. Eco Disaster: Sorting Sustainability Our approach to the Eco Disaster challenge involves collecting all barrels into two sorted barrel storage cartridges, using a specially designed collection mechanism.