Shizlenator - 2003 Inagural UCRC Volleyball Competition

Active Project Members: David Sharp, Josh Bonner, Ryan Clark, Alex Shaw


UPDATE: This web page is way out of date. Deal with it. "Fire Marshal Bill" has become the 2003 volleyball robot. Here's an updated pic.

The Trinity College Firefighting Competition is one of the most well known robot competitions. The goal of the competition is to have a robot search through a model warehouse containing five rooms, one of which contains a burning candle, and extinguish the candle in the quickest time. Depending on how autonomous the robot is, the time may be reduced by certain factors. Our goal as a club is to develop a robot that is able to initially find a candle and extinguish it, then improve upon the autonomous level of the robot.

Fire Marshall Bill as of 3 April 2002


5 April 2002

The sonar sweeper and flame detector have been integrated into Bill. At this point it is obvious that we will not be able to enter this year's competition, but we will definitely enter next year if we can get funding to send someone to Connecticut (and if we believe our robot will make other robots afraid). The assembly coding will continue, although it is possible that we will want to experiment with our original idea of linking to a more powerful computer and just using the AVR as a sensor interface. The possibilites are endless.

25 February 2002

Fire Marshall Bill is a functional robot. At this point, the AVR is still in the process of being programmed, but Dave ran a demo tonight to prove that the robot was functional. Sonar and other sensors should be shipped soon, so we will be able to add those to the base robot. It's coming along!

24 January 2002

The key parts of the robot have arrived. Over the next few weeks each individual group will work on its own part. Listed above are the groups, members of each group, and the group leaders.

17 November 2001

Presently we are in the primary stages of the project. We have had a meeting where we discussed the initial outline of the project, but we will have one or two additional meetings to discuss the rules and the roles of the groups in the project.

There are essentially three groups that will work on different aspects of the project: Core Robot, Communications, and Computer Software. The Core Robot group will develop the body of the robot, the motor control, low level microcontroller interface, and add any additional sensors. The Computer Software group will write all of the high level programs needed to make the robot autonomous. The Communications group will tie both ends together and make certain the robot can talk with the programs and vice versa. Later, the group will work on developing the wireless communication.