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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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PiWars 2019 Diary - A Major design change and other challenges

2019-2-18

First up, many apologies for not writing a new post in the last two and a half months. No, I didn't give up on PiWars 2019, it has been just... things... But I am back, hoping to cover all the challenges our team has faced and overcome, in as much details as possible.

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PiWars 2019 Diary - Motors, Brackets and GPIO

2018-11-30

Many apologies for the delayed update, I have been failing at doing detailed blog posts rather badly,

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PiWars 2019 Diary - Mid October update

2018-10-17

It's been a month since our last post and our PiWars build has been chugging along slowly but surely. Unfortunately I am not getting solid chunks of time, instead it is little bits at a time, but I've managed to do it regularly. A few things happened since our last post a month ago:

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PiWars 2019 - So it begins

2018-9-18

I sent my PiWars 2019 application in about ten days ago (weekend before last). I wasn't ready to the extent I wanted, but then again, you never are, and I didn't want to wait for the last two weekends. Hopefully the application has enough meat to see it through the first round of eliminations. I can't reveal much about the application until the results are announced so, suffice to say, brand new, built from scratch, robot, by the same team as last year. It does have a new name though :).

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