In a moment of madness we've submitted an application for the Pi Wars 2019.
So we're committed to building a working robot for next March - whether we're accepted or not - since we'll hopefully be on the reserve list.
Since the reboot of Robot Wars a couple of years ago, robots have been a popular theme in our household with both our boys (now 5 and 8) building and battling robots from lego, or playing with the Hexbug robot wars toys.
So - we're a robot family.
We've played with the the Arduino and Raspberry Pi a little bit - and I did build an Arduino robot kit last year and got it to do some simple obstacle avoidance - but nothing to the level we're going to need for Pi Wars.
My wife recently organised a technology day for kids during the summer holidays with one of the tasks to build a Raspbery Pi Google AIY Voice Kit. As part of her research she found out about the Pi Wars competition and suggested we enter a robot for next year.
The seed was sown ....
The Good News:
- I've been developing software for nearly 30 years, so the process of writing software isn't a problem.
- We own a Raspberry Pi
- We've got lots of technical lego for prototyping.
- We have a spare PS3 controller lying around.
The Bad News:
- None of us have any experience in electronics.
- None of us have any experience in mechanical engineering.
- Basically we don't know what we're doing!
Time to start learning.