Site updates are, quite obviously, just arriving and as such much has happened since the last update.
First, entries for the Hackaday Prize are now closed, and the Kasei Initiative has met all entry requirements, so it's a waiting game until around next Tuesday as to whether or not the Initiative will advance.
Second, work had switched to servos instead of DC motors for mobility, making development easier in some respects and harder in other respects. Servos are nice because you can control direction and speed much more easily, but since I went with micro servos instead of the full-fledged Parallax servos, they needed to be hacked in order to remove the mechanical and electrical stops. This was a success, but resulted in the ruin of two servos. Nevertheless, they were wired up and attached without much difficulty, and once I get back to class, I will have the resources at my disposal to work on improvements cosmetically and functionally.
Third, work with the joystick has ultimately failed for unknown reasons, so a joystick meant specifically for the Arduino has been ordered (Arduinos will be used for motion control while the Raspberry Pi will be used for the AI).
Fourth, the main objective of the Kasei Initiative has been revised dramatically; read the updated description on it's Hackaday project page for more info.
For a more comprehensive summary, please read the project logs and other details as described on the project page on Hackaday.io: https://hackaday.io/project/6418-the-kasei-initiative