EE juniors Brian Crosby (hands only) and Dan Krill test the custom-designed microprocessor system the Virginia Tech IEEE Hardware Contest team is building for April’s SouthEastCon robot competition. Entries must be no larger than 6 inches square and 8 inches high, and must be able to collect five balls from the opposing team while avoiding the competing robot. Each robot will participate in three ‘capture the flag’ rounds, collecting black or silver balls.
This year’s team decided to tap their experience from the ECE microprocessor design course and design a custom system. By mid-February, the team had interfaced the sensors with the microprocessor and debugged their system. “We were skittish about it for a while,” acknowledged team leader Matt Boyle (CPE ’06). “But it is so rewarding when we design something that works!”