Summer 2018 - Ball Drive
A new type of drive base for competitive robotics. Ball drive uses balls instead of wheels and is capable of traveling in any direction while being simpler than many other drive bases.
2017-18 - "Slink"
Team 4042’s robot for the FTC Relic Recovery game extends up to 7.5 feet to grab and place glyphs in the cryptobox. Given the name “slink” after judges likened it to a Slinky, this robot won the Rockwell Collins Innovate award at multiple competitions and took team 4042 all the way to the World Championship.
2016-17 - "Trashbot"
Team 4042’s robot for the FTC Velocity Vortex game featured many unique mechanisms, such as a spring-loaded catapult mechanism that threw a yoga ball on top of the center goal. The robot was nicknamed “Trashbot” because of its use of recycled materials including parts from previous game fields.