Blog of things

Applying for and getting into PiWars 2020

2019-10-10

So... we applied for and made it to PiWars 2020. We have managed to expand on our previous sketch and send off the application one day before applications closed.

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To PiWars or not to PiWars is the question! Or is it?

2019-9-15

By this time you all know PiWars 2020 is happening, same place same dates as 2019. This time there is more direct involvement from the community. Some of the courses have been suggested by the community and are going to be built by the community. In previous years, only a select few bits were built by the community, everything else was done by Tim Richardson and Mike Horne, the organisers.

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Setting up Raspbian Desktop VM on VirtualBox

2019-8-30

The RaspberryPi is a tiny and diminutive computer, but I often cannot carry it with me on places like trains for daily commute. In such scenarios it is nice to have the Raspbian Desktop available handy for quick experiments.

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PiWars 2019 - Fail Whale Part 2 of 2, Onwards...

2019-6-3

It has been two months since I wrote my last post. It has taken a bit to fully get over the disappointment. But last weekend marked the official end of Robot J2...

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PiWars 2019 - Failure and heartbreak - maybe Part 1 of many

2019-4-1

So we attended PiWars 2019 yesterday, and failed miserably with our robot - J2. It broke down on the second event of the day, struggled with the third event and went up in smokes on the fourth. We came 15th (last) in our category. It was a sobering lesson in robot building and failures. I have blogged a lot of what I did with PiWars bots in the past, but not always focused on the fails, so I think the time has come for me to detail the fails, if nothing for myself to refer to.

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PiWars 2019 Diary: Are we there yet? Not quite!

2019-3-14

So here we are... 2 weeks to go! Honestly I didn't want to write a post yet but today is the last day for submission into the competition, so I thought I'll share some more of the progress. Actually a lot of stuff has happened on the mechanical end of things and not enough has happened on the software side. So end result is a fairly good looking bot that still needs a lot of integration and testing. However, lots of lessons were learnt, so I'll try to cover some those today.

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