Tipsy may have looked like it was going to tip over - but with some skilled driving, it stayed upright through all our official competitions. This robot was our first foray into in-house advanced manufacturing, featuring our first laser cut parts. Tipsy used a custom bezier spline path following, and, while not always the most accurate, it was one of the few robots in the world that ever managed to place 3 cubes on the scale during auto in official competition. Tipsy was able to place cubes on a scale tipped in the opponents' favour, which made it a great robot for mounting a comeback.
FIRST Power Up is the name of the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge. The game involves two alliances of three teams each trapped in an arcade game. To earn points, robots place "Power Cubes" on their side of a large scale in the middle of the field to tip it in their alliance's favour. Teams can also use the cubes to secure two other smaller scales (known as "switches" — one on each side of the field) for points, or trade them in for various temporary advantages during a match. Additionally, at the end of a match, robots can climb on a rung attached to the scale for even more points. More information can be found on Wikipedia.
More information on each of Tipsy's subsystems can be found in Meet the Robot.
To learn more about Tipsy's subsystems, click on the green pins. Click through the radio buttons to adjust Tipsy's mechanisms!
Tipsy got its name due to its immense height — when it's fully extended, it looks a bit unstable! (Despite this, Tipsy only tipped once at an offseason event.) To fit with the 8-bit theme of this year, our practice bot, Clyde, was named after the orange ghost in the classic arcade game Pac-Man.