Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Discovery Sci Center: Day 2

I kept R2 in the car overnight and rose early again to go to the second day of the R2 Builders Discovery Science Center visit. The crowd was a lot rowdier this time around and my in-the-works R2 got some more attention.

Victor, Rico, Paul, William, and I were in the booth this time around. Gvardaman also came by for a bit. Everything was going great until one ambitious 6 yr old decided to tackle R2 and knock him completely over. The kids dad made a great catch so R2 didn't crash and burn. There was another funky little robot hanging around us all day as well.Paul brought his treadmill droid, it was so tall the whole thing wobbled with every tiny move. Paul's R2 also got roughed up a bit by the kids and one lady who wouldn't stop looking into the HP. That same lady also ran off with a whole bowl of m&m's meant for the kids to grab a few from. Definitely a wild day.

The official banner goes up

The treadmill droid

The droids kinda took the floor

Paul did the 3pm presentation

If you look closely, you can see the plastic covering the PSI lights was pushed in by a kid

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mini Entry: R2's weight

Out of curiosity I weighed R2's batteries and motors today. Each 24 volt battery weighs 14.4 pounds and each motor weighs about 7 pounds (estimated). So R2's about 42 pounds worth of electronic-y stuff. Without those things he might be about 30-40 pounds so I'm guessing he weighs anywhere from 72-82 pounds. I think a good number to settle on for now is 78 pounds. He's really heavy with everything inside, heavy enough to give me shoulder and back pain from too much lifting.I bet he'll get heavier with a new dome and a dome drive.

On a side note I'll be posting about the second day of Discovery Center tomorrow afternoon. Our internet connection is having problems and I get enough connection to finish a post and then lose it because the internet cut before I could save it.