We start with FIRST Technical Challenge and how you develop programs with the GamePads. It is up to you to decide how sticks, buttons and triggers from the GamePad will control the different motors of the robot and there are different decisions that you should make.
- 09 Apr 2017
Use of the PushBot
This robot was developed by a team, improved by another, change by a third. If you search for it you can find some good information about the collaboration that happen with this robot.
This is the chassis for the popular FTC Push Bot. The robot is built with the Tetrix set and uses two motors. When preparing for a FIRST Technical Challenge competition (FTC) it is very useful to have a chassis from which you could start working. It might not, and will surely not be the final robot, but a good base is always useful.
With this chassis, we've also made a short course of how to control it. Take a look at FIRST Technical Challenge. Basic GamePads, control and attachments for the Tetrix set.
In this and the next few sections we'll look at FIRST Technical Challenge and specifically how you develop programs for the gamepads. Because at the comptetion you can control the robot with a gamepad. But since each robot is a different robot and the motors, the construction is different and the program will also be different. Now they may be very similar but different.
We're using the famous PushBot and we'll give you a link to the instructions of this robot along with a proper reference to the team that developed this robot and shared with the rest of the community. And we have this robot set up. For setting up this robot we can do a number of other videos and other tutorials but for now we'll start with a robot that's already working. We have the robot station, we have the driver station, we have the gamepad controls and we have everything connected, so it's just turning on the robot, developing a program with an android studio, downloading this program to the robot station and from there just experimenting with this program. So, everything is set up for now. This is the PushBot. It's charged and we're ready to go.