Sections of the robot
- Information Technology
LeBot James is powered by two DC-Motors from Faulhaber and is stabilised with two ball transfer units. The ball transfer units allow for simple driving, precise positioning and allow LeBot to turn on a dime.
To successfully receive passes from our partner team we fitted LeBot with a funnel. With an upturned lip we prevent the squash ball from rolling out of the funnel.
A shot with pinpoint accuracy is possible with our launch apparatus. With two additional Faulhaber Motors, similar to a tennis ball launcher, the ball is ejected. The leading rail has a modest decline which in turn allows for optimal firing conditions.
All electronic components were installed on a singular four layer printed circuit board. With no other connections to different circuit boards needed, the thus compensated space was used for mechanical components.
For navigation LeBot has 6 infrared sensors which detect the lines on the playfield, assuring that LeBot is always aware of his surroundings. There is a further IR-sensor to check if LeBot is in ball possession. Three Time-of-Flight-Sensors help LeBot to spot obstacles on the field, which in turn allows him to dodge them. Opponents can be detected from up to 30 cm away. For parallel orientation to the edge of the playing field, there were two limit switches installed to the rear end.