Robotic Shooting Gallery
The objective is to shoot targets using autonomous control only.
Targets are set up along the shelves. They fall over when they get shot, so they shouldn't visually show up anymore. Some may be moving, spinning, blinking, etc. to make them harder to hit. There will also be negative-point targets to discourage shotgun approaches. Note that the shelves and targets could be anywhere, not necessarily where depicted in the picture.
- The gun should fire plastic airsoft pellets, ping pong balls, or other safe and clean objects. No paintballs (we aren't cleaning up that mess!) and no metal projectiles (no brass BB's)
- The target area will be 5' wide, 5' tall. The firing line will be 10' away (see picture).
- You can fire from anywhere behind the firing line, from any height and from any platform. No part of the gun/controls/etc can go past the firing line.
- Each round will be 5 minutes long. You get two rounds; only your best score will be counted. Best score wins, in the event of a tie the fastest time wins.
- You can power it off the wall, batteries, or anything else you want. (nothing flammable since we'll be indoors)
- You can run it off a laptop, PC, PIC, or anything else.
- There are no price limits or weight limits, but remember that the lighter it is, the cheaper it is to ship.
- The targets must fall down to be counted, they will be designed so that even a soft glancing shot should knock it over. Some will be moving.
- 3" diameter, flat white + IR LED = 1 points
- 2" diameter, flat white + IR LED = 2 points
- 1" diameter, flat white + IR LED = 5 points
- Black targets (black, no LED) are worth NEGATIVE 25 points
- Practice time: Friday afternoon the arena will be set up for several hours. Scheduling will be done at con, aiming to give each team an equal opportunity to practice.
- Prep time: You will need to be able to set up and remove your bot from the firing area quickly. Once your turn comes up, you will have two minutes to set your bot up and do any quick calibrations you want to do.
To help get you started, we've put together an example Reference Design that you may find helpful.
Video! This is the reference design in action. This code and hardware will shoot down 30 static targets in three minutes. Your bot should at least be able to keep up with this one.
Large Size: 16.4MB, DivX
Small Size: 4.8MB, DivX
Good luck everyone!