Saturday, 1 October 2016

Pi Wars 2017

So, somehow I've managed to bag a place in PiWars 2017 in the Intermediate category.

The planned upgrades over my 2014 entry, include:

1. Four wheel drive.
2. Better, more efficient H-bridges.
3. More capable motor controller.
4. Switch to Pi Zero for space / efficiency.

Key holdovers include:

1. PS3 pad control via Bluetooth. This works so much better than WiFi, especially in the crowded PiWars auditorium.
2. On board LCD for mode select. Much better than trying to hook up a laptop.
3. The Rover 5 chassis. While the motors aren't too powerful, and it weighs a ton (not literally), and the wheels have some slip, and while I did win an Ar2Pi2 at the last jam, the Rover 5 is just so torquey and the tracks are so good for the obstacle course.

Undecided so far:

1. 6xAA NiMH or LiPo?
2. Launchpad or Arduino Pro Micro or Leaf pad Mini clone?
3. Rust or re-use the existing C?
4. Full OS or fast boot a bitbake image?

Also...

Must not leave it until the last minute.

Must not leave it until the last minute.

Must not leave it until the last minute.

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