[Frcmentors] Meeting tomorrow

Kevin Jones kevjnz at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 00:12:05 EDT 2015

Thanks Ananda,  You've just gotta love the marketing perspective.  Keep
that vision up high!!
I'll spend some time thinking about the points you communicated.

On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 4:36 PM, Ananda Arasu <ananda.arasu at gmail.com>

> Hey guys,
> I won't be able to be there but wanted to share some thoughts.
> - Rethink our strategy.  Think about what we can do to the robot whether
> it is to create some kind of built in ramp, a piston attached to the lower
> C to raise a second Tote with the base in place as a guide, intake wheels
> .. whatever.
> - Autonomous grabbing the bin, then spin around and head towards landfill
> totes and stop.  Possible?
> - Let's not, whatever we do, factor the pvc ramp as a strategy.  That is
> just too unpredictable, with one error, or tip of the ramp, and that feeder
> station is hosed, as are we for that match
> -  Strongly encourage looking at landfill and avoiding feeder station.
> Too many variables and dependencies, with needing to move the tote in place
> as a ramp etc.  Plus, the side we are usually on (right) seems to give us
> limited mobility, and we have to able to move freely back and forth to load
> our totes.
> - Teamwork.  We need to have scouts talking to other teams, regardless of
> whether we are going to be placed top 8 or not.  We also need to have
> anyone not working on the bot during competition, in the stands actually *watching
> matches.*  Making note of strategy of other teams, strengths etc, so if
> our team needs info on how some other teams are doing, they can get it from
> their teammates.  Robot may be built well, but it's only watching teams in
> action where we can see how well they drive, cooperate, help etc.
> Be Strong - let's *focus *our efforts on Philomath.  Many teams we faced
> before won't be there, as Wilsonville was their second match.  Let's get a
> good strategy going, and go kick some butt!
> Sorry for the long email ... just wanted to share my thoughts.
> ​Ananda​
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> Ananda Arasu
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> http://www.linkedin.com/in/anandaarasu
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