|It was a start, but I was going to need something a bit more sophisticated than this.|
As well as seeing lots of robots over the Pi Wars weekend, I also learned a lot about what went wrong for competitors. Robots which could not grip on slopes, or get over the edge of a piece of plywood. Batteries which came loose and dangled on the ends of their leads as the robots attempted the courses. Controllers which stopped talking to their robots. Robots which stopped when their software crashed each time they took a knock. Robots which arrived at their time slot for a challenge with the wrong version of the code on their SD Card. Operators who struggled with the fine control needed to get their robot to drive where they wanted when they wanted.
Clearly a competition robot needed to be robust, well tested and the driver well practised in operating it. It also helped to have pink unicorn stickers on it (well it should look interesting, not just be functional). I took my kids along on the Sunday to spectate, met a lot of people, bought lots of parts to build bigger and better robots and came away with my daughter saying she wanted to enter, and wanting to have a go myself too.
So now the Pi Wars 2019 dates have been confirmed, and the details of the challenges published. Clearly it is time to start thinking up some ideas!