This week the TractorBot open source project took a step forward, Phil has been busy sorting out the code, it is now available on the Makerspace GitHub complete with install instructions.
Mean while Keith has been working on documenting the hardware, this is well underway but there is still a bit of work to be done. The current work-in-progress can be seen on a branch of the GitHub repository here.
At the last CamJam event, one of the talks was titled Pi Wars 2015.
The announcement can be seen here:
So for those who do not know, the Ipswich Makerspace entered the 2014 event, and we actually did very well. We cam first in the under £75 category which we were all very please with. The few weeks leading up to the event were very busy getting Tractor Bot ready for the event, with some very late nights. The event on the day however was very enjoyable and we all had a great time.
Frank put together a video demonstrating some of the achievements of Tractor Bot last year and can be seen here:
This year we have a very good base to start from, so development should be much easier. The rules have not been announced yet, but the challenges have, they are listed below
Obstacle course (with different obstacles than 2014)
Straight-line speed test
Robot vs Robot Duel
Line follower course
Best blogging team
In adddtion there will also be prizesfor the following:
Most featured robot
Most innovative robot
So this is a call for help, we would very much like to enter Tractor Bot version 2 this year but myself and Phil do not want to take the lead. We need at least a couple of people with lots of energy and vision to follow this though, you will obviously get lot of support from the Makerspace. Reviewing how last year went, we probably need a lead code developer and a hear hardware developer. Once of the challenges is for the best blogging team so we could probably also do with a lead blogger.
If this sounds interesting to you, please put your hand up. It would be lovely to win for a second year but we need your help.
If you want to keep up to date with the latest Pi Wars news, sign up for alerts at the official Pi Wars page
I’ve just received the CamJam programme for this weekend, being held on 6th June 2015 in Cambridge, I think tickets are all gone, but it’s looking like a good one. Both Jimbo Uberscuba and Andy Proctor from the Makerspace are giving talks and there is also some planned news on this years PiWars, likely to be in December again.
It would be good if Ipswich Makerspace can enter PiWars again this year to fight to retain our title, we have a good base to build on. If anyone wants to be involved this year please speak up. Hopefully next week we will have more details.
Since we are tech based I thought it would be rude not to put us on there, our events can be found here http://opentechcalendar.co.uk/group/283-ipswich-makerspace. There is no clever linking going on here, they have been entered manually. Therefore please use this website as the source of the latest information.