Today's blog is written by me, Lumos.
And me, Nox!
Are you confused? Let us explain. Today, both of us got to hang out with our team. Therefore, both of us want to tell you what happened. We've never tried writing a blog post together, but there's a first time for everything!
Lumos: So today, I got taken out of the bag! It was great! I'll get to be out of the bag every day until Monday!
Nox: Don't worry, though. I still got to do a bunch of things with my team. Before Lumos got taken out of the bag, a piece from my ball intake was removed.
L: I needed to have it because it would be better for competitions. Nox got to have my old on in return.
N: As soon as the transition was completed, we split up. I went over to the practice area with the programmers. There, they worked on testing the autonomous code. When they tried it out at competitions, it didn't always work out. To fix this, they tried using encoders rather than loops. It is working pretty well so far!
L: Meanwhile, the builders worked on my hanging mechanism. If you forgot, it works great for lifting me up. The only issue is that when my power is shut off, I slowly slip down because my motors backdrive. To combat this issue, my builders are building a mechanical stop. They need something that will latch onto my rope spool and stop it from releasing the rope once it is pulled in. With very little space remaining in my frame, this is no easy task. They finally came up with a super cool mechanism that involves a bent bolt and a piston. Basically, when I need to hang, the bolt sits low. However, when I am finished, the piston will lift the bolt. There, it will catch on the nuts of the spool and stop it from spinning. I am very hopeful that it will work. They haven't mounted everything yet, but they will test it tomorrow.
N: While Lumos and I were working, other girls were completing other projects that needed to be ready for this weekend. They made supplies for presentations and strategized.
Anyway, we had a super duper day! We can't wait to have another 3 hours together tomorrow!
Lumos and Nox