The test robot was designed for students participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC is a program for high school students to develop, build, and compete using a 120lb robot that they create in six weeks. We noticed that programming students on a local team were having difficulty finding time to test their code. With only six weeks to design and build, the students who needed to write and test code were often only allotted the last few days to do so.
This test robot allows the students to test code on a small, low cost platform. The competition restricts the use of computation to the NI roboRIO. Our platform uses the roboRIO, and comes with sensors that are similar to what students might use, such as ultrasonic sensors and encoders. They can learn about feedback loops with these sensors and when they are ready to deploy to the full size robot, they know that their code will work and all they have to do is adjust some PID parameters.
Kineo 1 is our first release of our test platform for students and hobbyists. It is compatible with the NI roboRIO, Raspberry PI, Beaglebone and Arduino.
Kineo 1 will be available for purchase in 2018. Contact us for more information.
Our current CAD model can be viewed below:
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