[Blabber] Funny Robotics Rescue Mission with Prize, (OT?)

Tarek Ahmed tarek.alsabagh at gmail.com
Tue Nov 21 03:29:03 UTC 2017


I think it's a good idea to give the free car prize to the person who lost
the car, I am sure he/she will do it in less time and better ;).
The person must be sad I am sure but if this frustration is hacked to be a
personal challenge to build an even better car, the racer will learn that
the challenge is in the race on top of the track not to reach what's under.

Best,
Tarek

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 9:58 PM, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net
> wrote:

> Thanks Gabe,
>
> Great instinct, but, I've already explored that route and was thwarted by
> several amazing problems:
>
> - angle from opening to car is, approx 110 degrees after you put your arm
> in
> - no way to get more than 1 arm/hand into the opening, (bizarre angles
> with steel railing blocking)
> - to reach enough into opening is up to one's armpit before you're clear
> enough to start fishing
> - absolutely no way to see in there without camera assist
> - tape wont do, lots of concrete dust under there (piled 1/8" thick in
> some spots)
> - support pillars make it not a straight line for any line/pole/wire
> fishing type approach
>
> IMHO, this would take some magic blind swordsman kind of action to fish
> out!
>
> I really think a camera-assisted wheeled vehicle, (even a crude one with 2
> wheels) is the way we'll get it out...
>
> Best,
> .ike
>
>
>
> On Nov 20, 2017, at 9:34 PM, gabe at bigapplehobbies.com wrote:
>
> Get one of these kits for $10-20 ($10 at Harbor Freight in Brooklyn) and
> either hook the car or tape a magnet to the end.
>
> https://m.harborfreight.com/3-16-inch-x-33-ft-fiberglass-
> wire-running-kit-65326.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 20, 2017, at 8:35 PM, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net>
> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> An off topic but fun robot/vehicle problem for this list, with a prize.
>
> Is anyone on list into robotics?
>
> CHALLENGE: A racer has lost a 6" model car under a our floor.  We want to
> recover the car, (the racer spent a lot of time building it!).
>
> Prize for someone who's got the robotics chops to fish it out: a free car
> to build and race on the track!
>
> No line of sight to the car, not accessible in a straight line, and no way
> a human can crawl under.  It's about 30' to this prized competitive race
> car, from a 12" opening.  The attached photographs were made by sticking my
> arm through the hole with a camera and flashlight...
> The car itself is roughly 6" long (1/32 scale), and weighs no more than
> 170g.
>
> The only way I can imagine we'll fish it out it is with a vehicle driven
> by wire, and some kind of camera on top to see where we're going, (even
> crudely).  (A go-pro?  A hacked old smart phone cam?)
>
> A simple could certainly be used to fish the car out.  A 1/10 scale RC car
> would be about the biggest thing that would fit.
>
> --
> Contact me if you want to attempt the rescue, and here's more info about
> our track/racing/maker/art event:
>
> https://mini4wd.nyc/
> http://www.visionaireworld.com/blog/vis-racing/
>
> Aside from this rescue challenge, folks on this list please feel free to
> come by!  Use of our Tamiya Mini4wd track installation is free- and car
> kits are available to build on site.
>
> Best,
> .ike
>
>
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>
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