Saturday, August 20, 2011

Drum Roll Please

So over the past couple days I've been conducting some research on this new little project of mine that totally sucks, trying to optimize its performance and such. I settled on 40% throttle for the fan as the lowest I'd ever go. That setting works perfectly for walls and ceilings and there is minimal traction loss. At that setting, the car's ability to stick to surfaces is however all based on suction, meaning that if I run over an obstacle too big and the chassis gets raised off of the surface too much, there is not enough thrust to keep the car on that surface until suction can take over again. At 40% throttle, battery life for the fan also seems to be around five to six minutes, which I say is pretty decent. Battery life for the drive motors, which all run off of the tiniest, cutest little 3S lipo ever, is probably like 15 minutes...or something. I haven't even tested it but after a five minute run the 3S pack's voltage only drops about 0.4 volts.

Anyways, now that I'm back at UCF and reunited with this guy, we took some video. And without further ado, here it is, the feature presentation.

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