Built to complete the Steamworks challenge, Leah is small and light
Built to complete the Stronghold challenge, Amy has a very different structure than Cindy. She is short to fit under the low bar, and she can suck in balls through one end and either shoot them back out that way or shoot them in the other direction up to eleven feet high. An interesting feature of Amy is that since she is so short, we had to maximize surface area so we could still fit all of the electronics on with a limited amount of vertical space. To do this, we went outside the box and made Amy an octagon. This is quite unique as most robots are rectangular. Another interesting feature that distinguishes Amy is the type of wheels she has. They are called mecanums, and they have rollers around the edges that allow Amy to not only drive forward and back and turn but also go sideways without having to turn. Along with the mecanum wheels, she has a suspension system that keeps all four of her wheels on the ground at any given time. This allows her to drive over varied terrain that she might tip and on not be able to get over if she did not have suspension.
2015 – Incendia “Cindy”
Built to complete the Recycle Rush challenge, Cindy was our first robot. She has hinged claws on a chain lift at the front, similar to how most forklifts work. These claws are passive and simply compress around the top of the tote, slip under the lip, and spring back out to hold the boxes tightly. She has a pneumatic brake to hold this tote carriage above ground, and she can carry up to three totes at once. She uses West Coast drive.