Pellet Dispensing Competition is Over!
The Pellet Dispensing Competition ended yesterday; what a great competition! It was a lot of fun designing a robot to work in a real factory with non-LEGO elements. You can see a couple videos of my robot below:
An overview of the robot:
A short test run of the robot dispensing 241 pellets. Notice that, if you divide the video's time (159.65 seconds) by the number of pellets dispensed, you find that the average time per drop is .662 seconds; only 4 thousandths of a second off!
And "Pellet Picker" wins the contest for best-named robot. :)
Was the container provided by Dan? Just curious because your design seems to rely on that particular round container.
Nice video! And the music is a nice match. You've got some great video editing skills there!
@Jim: Yes, Dan sent the container and pellets. That container is the one he preferred for robots to use.
Nice machine but at present I would not call it a robot, have you thought about making it more intelligent?
you could drop into another disc to split multi-pick.. then verify your pellets by passing the hole under a light sensor before its dropped to check it has not missed one (speed up if it has) and
Im sure you could use less power, but detect if its stuck (stall) then jiggle free, (maybe backup and poke free? with axle - clears odd shaped pellets) and if all else fails use power.
Good work though.
Removing a container is similar to loading one; you open the gate, flip the robot upside down, and take the container out. Then you can load a new container.