Our Robot Club’s animated Christmas Display fund-raiser which won first prize again for the third year straight at Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon. Here are some daytime pics, at night the lights make the whole park really sweet.
If you are in need of making a quick mannequin hands, here are a pair of teenage-sized hands that work pretty well. We put gloves on the hands in the end, so they look realistic from a distance. They are made of wire hangars, wrapped with anything available like plastic grocery bags to fill out the shape and then covered with some kind of glove. Larger hands can be bent from two hangars bent together. These go together cheaply, quickly and are pose-able. We used these on on a life-sized Christmas display.
It is time to be working on our Robot Club’s Christmas display fundraiser. RiverCityRobots enters the Fort Zumwalt Park Celebration of Lights in O’Fallon, MO (http://www.ofallon.mo.us/parks&rec/fort-zumwalt-park) . We make a 3D full scale anamatronic display that has won best display for a couple years running. The display really looks nice at night with all the lights and music and the whole park is filled with a million lights (I think literally over a million) . Here is last year’s scene in the day time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VnZBtQZYXw. Anyway, I need to make some more dummies for this years’ display. Here are a couple dummies from last year waiting in our Club’s shop.
In case anyone has a FlightStick joystick from CH products, I have one too. I opened it up and figured out the pins to use it with Arduino’s Joystick program http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/JoyStick . Although I had to update the program for Arduino 1.0.
It is an analog rheostat device without any other electronic chips.
It looks just right for the Arduino program to use without difficulty- hopefully.
Here is the breakdown:
I’m having some difficulty getting enough voltage difference to measure with the arduino as yet. Results pending.
Found this page with instructions for the same joystick
I have been busy with our FIRST Robotics Competition team # 1094. We competed in 2 Regionals and did pretty well got into the Quarterfinal Eliminations in St. Louis Regional and in Terre Haute Regional. Our rankings and videos are on the website http://www.thebluealliance.com/team/1094 .
This weekend is World championships in St. Louis http://www.usfirst.org/
Our FIRST team is a really great team of people. The kids work hard and make a good effort and learn alot. They usually place pretty well also. Here is this years’ robot. We were in the winning aliance in Cowtown Throwdown this year.