With fewer than six weeks remaining before RoboCup 2017 officially begins, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Red Knight Robotics Squad (RKRS) is working hard to make our goals for the summer a reality. This post marks the first weekly update that will be going out throughout the summer to keep you informed about our progress and get you as excited for the RoboCup as we are.
So what exactly is the RoboCup? It is an international robotics competition where many institutions compete to see whose robot can most successfully complete the given tasks. In years past, BSM’s RKRS has been the only high school level team in the rescue division; 2017 may also find us lining up against collegiate level teams from all over the world. Check out the below link to the RoboCup 2017 official promotion video.
While RKRS is competing in the rescue division, the competition is much larger than that. There are competitions for robotic soccer, the industrial division, and one for robots that complete domestic tasks. To learn more about all of the various competitions, click here.
One part of the RoboCup Rescue competition is readiness testing, where each robot is expected to complete five identification tasks: carbon dioxide sensing, motion detection, thermal imaging, audio acuity, video image resolution, and color pattern recognition. We finished programming the motion detection software, and we have also finished the mount for the carbon dioxide sensor, camera, infrared camera, and speaker for the other portions of readiness testing. Hopefully, we will be able to start testing the placement of this mount for maximum efficacy next week.
Another portion of the competition is dexterity tasks, where our robot is expected to do things like open a door using its hand. We are hoping to finish combining our current arm and grasper hand with our robot next week and then trying our hand, so to speak, at the dexterity tasks.
See below for some current photos of our robot, and check back next week for another update on our journey to the 2017 RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan.