I'm new here. I stumbled upon this forum in my quest to help my School's robotics club create a decent line follower that can actually compete.
I never understood why my colleague's robots always fail at the very start to follow a simple line while other schools seem to have the secret formula for creating a terminator line follower.
So I came here for tips (and I apologies if my post is redundant, I looked around and I couldn't find anything similar).
Can anyone here help me with a link to an article or a video with several tips for making a line follower? Do you have your own advice?
I'm as interested in the physical design of the robot as I am interested in the code. I feel that some of my colleagues go with a horrible layout for the sensors and and an overall terrible body structure for the robot that can make it difficult for the sensors to work well with the movement.
From my observations as I watched the winning line followers in the competitions, I believe that sensors need to be as close as possible to the ground and as close as possible to the center of rotation of the robot. And please correct me if I'm wrong.
Also, how do you deal with the influence of ambient light? Are there types of sensors that can work better than others in this case? Infrared instead of black and white sensors maybe?
I dunno, I'm just an amateur enthusiast that wishes to bring his robotics club out of the dirt. And I came to the more experienced folks in here for advice. Any help would be deeply appreciated!