In honor of our 15th anniversary this year, we’re counting down some of the most outrageous engineering challenges that we’ve faced in our 15 years of electronic design services. Starting off is the Air Hockey Robot, a project from 2008.
The Air Hockey robot was designed for Freescale, to showcase their ColdFire microcontroller at the Freescale Technology Forum. Forum attendees would be able to toggle between operating the robot on an 8-bit 9S08 microcontroller and a ColdFire, and would note the increased difficulty of playing the robot while it was running on the ColdFire processor.
The concept on its own was fairly outrageous; after all, no one had ever built anything close to what Freescale was looking for. What made the project truly crazy, however, was that the robot had a limited budget and needed to be designed, built, and shipped to Florida in TEN WEEKS.
Initial conceptual drawing of the Air Hockey Robot