Countdown to Robogames/Mech Warfare 2012!
We've got 4 days until Robogames. I'm flying out tomorrow to get an early start on the arena build. I'll be doing my best to document the build process, and when the dust has settled and I've gotten back from Robogames I'll organize all the build data, 3d models, and BOMs so that anyone can check it out.
Some information about the arena:
We went with Ridout Plastics for the lexan/abs panels (eplastics.com) and went to Misumi (http://us.misumi-ec.com) for the extruded aluminum. Both gave us a bit of a discount for being an educational type robotics competition, which ended up saving enough money to upgrade all of our wireless router equipment to some top-notch stuff. The arena parts alone (lexan/abs/aluminum) ended up being around $5000, for those interested. I'll have a BOM with pricing information available when things wrap up.
I went with a custom built Mikrotik RouterBoard RB/800 with 4x Ubiquiti XR2 XtremeRange2 2.4 GHz 600mW miniPCI radios (both from http://roc-noc.com) This + some hefty directional antennas should provide some great coverage for our wifi IP cameras. We're going to see about recording video from the FPV feeds off of the mechs this year as well.
Thanks again for all of your support. Please let me know if any of you have questions about the competition, arena build, or the networking equipment we're using.
Here's the final version of the arena: http://i.imgur.com/oh21U.jpg