Circumstances Beyond My Control

Posted by: on Feb 6, 2006 | No Comments

I spent the month of January working on MIT’s autonomous robotics competition, 6.270. The chassis was made with Lego, with a big collapsable arm on the front and a more than passing resemblance to a certain Star Wars character. We dubbed it “Admiral Ackbot”, and had planned to yell “it’s a trap!” during the final competition. Unfortunately, due to a blown component on our microcontroller, the robot would spontaneously reboot, causing the loss of our first two rounds and our elimination from the contest. I feel that our design and strategy would have gotten us pretty far, had our board actually worked. Another hard won engineering lesson…

Our witty team website, Admiral Ackbot and the Mon Calamari Cruisers