i was thinking of participating in a upcoming robotics comp called VOIDS, in this the basic task is to pick up and deposit as many plastic table tennis balls inside a container in under a min.
now i have seen in the same comp. last year everyone used a arm type pickup mechanism , i was thinking to use a suction mechanism to pick up or at least to get the balls in the right orientation , so as to pick it up easily , as most of the teams spend a lot of time in getting their grippers in the right place?
i tried making one with a cpu fan , but it was simply useless and could only pickup small foam pieces,i think i would need a more heavy duty yet lite system, with a compressors and all, any suggestion for a cheap sys that i can hack or build!
by the way , wonderful job with this site, hope i had found it earlier!
keep it going!
thanks in advance!