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Grant Imahara VEXplorer contest entry: Butt Grabber

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Published on May 31, 2008

This is Josh LaFlamme's entry in the VEXplorer contest. Please ignore the incessant laughing, arrogant commentator, incompetent camera operator. This is my first robot. I had a lot of fun, and it was a great learning experience!

Here's my original pitch for the robot. Obviously, the original vision was never realized, but whatev.

"With the VEXplorer robotics kit,
my goal is to make a robot that scoops up discarded cigarette butts. I came up with the idea whilst wandering around outside the school one afternoon. I observed many scrap butts and was quite appalled. I thought that it would be a great idea to dispose of them, but I also thought that it'd be awesome if I could give the disrespectful ragamuffins a little taste of karma, too. So I decided that not only will my robot clean up said cigarette butts, but it will also load them into a hopper and launch them right back at the polluting perpetrators! This will be accomplished with a mechanism that functions similarly to a pitching machine or a Hot Wheels launcher,launching butts at high speeds through a pair of rapidly spinning wheels. Here's a pic of the setup--
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v46..."

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