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PiWars 2018 - The Building Starts

By Andrea Buforn on Feb 16, 2018 1:45:01 PM

Topics: Projects Our story piwars2018 Story Update

This year started with the chaos of Bett and the beginning of our robot build. Our team hit the ground running but with trips to Australia, Antigua and Brazil, we had to think hard about how to split resources to ensure time wasn’t being wasted. Especially since we were getting increasingly concerned by all the incredible tweets and blogs by our competitors! 

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With most of our team spending a week at ExCel for Bett, a few members decided to take the opportunity of peace and quiet office during the week to get moving with our build and made great progress getting the Max robot off the ground.

Ryan, pi-top's CTO, made a few suggestions for our robot body to make it a bit more ‘pi-toppy’ - more on that in our next blog post - and the dev team got started on writing the code.

Check out our build video below to see the team getting started on both coding and building our robot!


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Since things have settled back into normality, the excitement of our robot has caused a bit of a buzz here at pi-topHQ and we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we have a new team member joining us.

Liv accidentally found himself trying to make our robot follow a red ball and the next thing he knew, he was signed up to the team and ready to join us in Cambridge in April. Good job we had a spare bed. Meet our new team member!


Name: Olivier ‘Liv’ Wilkinson
Role at pi-top: Software Developer
Role on the PiWars team: Senior “Trying To Fit Machine Learning Into All The Tasks” Architect
Fun Fact: This profile was written by a Deep Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
Inspirational Quote: “All your robots are belong to us”
Favourite pizza topping: Pizzas
Most likely to...: Overfit
What you’re most excited about for PiWars: (Deep) Learning Opportunities


With love,


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