Mobility is a high priority in the game. The robot will have to move around stacks of totes in narrow aisles with other alliance robots moving in the same space. To make sure our robot is very mobile, we’ve decided to go with mecanum wheels. These funky-looking wheels allow the robot to move in any direction. They can be difficult to program for. They are also not good for the kind of full-contact robotics that we’ve seen in the past two competitions, where robots rammed each other and pushed each other around. But in this year’s game, robots will not be interacting much with the opposing alliance’s robots, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
Here is a video of the mecanum wheels in action: Mecanum Wheels .