Thursday, November 5, 2009
Our group went to the last Saturday Sidekicks meeting on 10/31/09. Brooke presented our first prototype to the group and demonstrated how it works. Our prototype is made with PVC pipes, bungee cords, and part of a "doggie tennis ball thrower". We are going to work on improving the design of our project and cleaning it up. We plan to attach a motor to our release mechanism, which is eyehole screws into both pipes that come together (held together with a rod going through all of the eyeholes). The motor is going to pull the rod from the screws, releasing the moving pipe piece that has the tennis ball on it, creating a catapult-like mechanism. We will have our second prototype done in two weeks, and will have another update on our blog.