It's the Claw.
As the title suggests, today has been focused around the claw for the robot.
The programmers were still working on the code for the claw. They were "Frankensteining" code: taking one bit of code (that wasn't identified) and transforming it into the code for the claw. Such as working on the codes for the motors for the carriage.
They also were coding for the autonomous mode, and working on a script. The script would allow people who don't know how to code in Java to program the robot from the driver's station.
The mechs attached the second elevator, and were working on adjustments for the tote lift. Which was interesting progress, but not the most interesting. They were also working on the prototype for the claw itself to pick up the recycling cans.
Everyone else? ...They were working on hats. A noble pursuit.
Busy day. Busy, busy day.
Ten to...whenever the last person left. A very long day, that's a definite.
With how few people there were, everyone had to work together instead of their normal two factions of programmers and mechanics. Today, they installed the encoder and motors - more specifically, they connected the encoders to the motors, then connected them to the test version of their power distribution board in an attempt to calibrate the encoder.
While this went on, they worked on the second elevator (sorry, the "Tote Manipulation, Elevation, and Depository System" - or is it the "Recycling Can Manipulation, Elevation, and Depository System?"). This second elevator is meant to pick up and move the recycling cans. But in order to do that, they not only had to build the elevator, but also had to install the pneumatic actuators. This is still a work in progress.
And thanks are in order to the Mom Squad (+James) for bringing the hard working students sustenance on this long day. I'm pretty sure they appreciated it. ...Pretty sure.
From two, to one
Another day starting at ten, yet this time it ended around three.
The poor test control board robot that the programmers put together (for the purpose of testing codes) was taken apart. The reason behind this? It was so they could take the command board and integrate it with the robot the mechs had been working on. It can move, now!
The programmers began their real programming today: fixing the code, and actually coding for the robot now, instead of coding for a test robot. They were working on, specifically, a code to move around the Recycling Can Manipulation, Elevation, and Depository System (which they've recently dubbed "Inspector Gadget," for its many features).
The mechs were working on, well, Inspector Gadget, which was a folding mast that could stand straight up, or fold back to stay out of the way. Upon this mast is a large claw that they're going to use to pick up the cans.
I guess all I can really say at this point, with what's been done today, is go go Gadget.