Project 2 - Obstacle Avoiding Robot

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					Robotics Project 2: Obstacle Avoiding Robot                               Project Guidelines _______________

The Challenge: The challenge will be to create an autonomous (no remote control involved) mobile
robot to avoid obstacles and reach the destination. There are two locations of importance within the field:
the “start”, and the “destination”. All competitors will begin the competition at any location in the “start”
area (one competitor at a time). Since there is no line-of-sight path between the “start” and the
“destination”, the robot will have to detect and bypass the obstacles by any means in order to reach the
“destination” area. The robot to finish the task in the shortest amount of time will be the winner. Robots
will be given a maximum of 3 minutes to accomplish the task.
The Robot: Each robot should have an identifiable name tag (2”x	
attached to it. The Vex Robotics Design System kit and/or other                                Destination
components may be used to construct your robot. The size, height,
locomotion style, and sensor mechanism of the robot are not limited.                                                W
However, limited numbers of components in the kits are available to                                                 A
each team, and teams will have to share common resource.                                Cube                        L
The Field: The field is a rectangular area with dimension 3.5m (L) x	
1m (W). The right side of the field is a wall. The left side of the field is
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an open area with boundary which the robots shouldn’t cross over. The
floor is regular lab floor. The layout of the field is shown in the
following diagram. The “start” area is an area behind the “start line”
where the robot will begin the competition. The “destination” area is an                                    Cube
area beyond the “destination line” where the robot will end the                  3.5m
competition. There will be three obstacles placed in the field. Each
obstacle is a 1’ (L) x	
  1’ (W) x	
  1’ (H) cube which the robot will have to             ?
bypass. The cubes are placed in the field according to the following                                 > 2’
1. One on the right side, one in the middle, and one on the left side.                                          ?   W
2. The front faces of the cubes are parallel to the “start line”.                                 Cube
3. The distance of the cube to the “start line” is random for each cube.                                            L
4. The vertical distance between two cubes is at least 2’.
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* A light source can be set up in the destination area upon request to
guide the robot and the light in the room may be turn off during the

1. Obstacle Avoiding Robot
   Each team should build an obstacle avoiding robot. Each team has 3 minutes to demo the obstacle
   avoiding capability of their autonomous robot and the capability to travel from the “start” area to the
   “destination” area.
2. Obstacle Avoiding ROBOTC Code
   Each team should email their ROBOTC code with clear comment to Mr. Lin.

                        Deadline: Competition & Code 01/20/2011 (Thursday)

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