Australian RoboCup Junior National Competitions 2014.
The Australian National RoboCup Junior Competitions were held over the weekend of 26th to 28th of September 2014 in the UQ Centre, University of Queensland; more images about Robotics in the Centre here.
Events featured included Robot Rescue, Robot Dance and Robot Soccer. I was fortunate enough to attend with very light duties from teams I had assisted, and managed to take some photographs of some remarkable robots and courses that were featured during the weekend. My main interest was in the Rescue events, but there are also some photos and videos of Dance and Soccer events below.
The 2014 Australian RoboCup Rescue Robots
Most of the Rescue Robots used in the Australian RoboCup Rescue events were built from standard LEGO MindStorms components. The Robot above is built from an EV3 set.
This Robot used standard LEGO NXT motors and computer brick, together with 3D printed structural members.
This Robot used an Arduino processor, together with a wooden body.
This compact Robot used a PICAXE processor, together with what I am guessing are 3D printed structural components. To see images of about 4 dozen more RoboCup Junior Rescue Robots, click here.
Robot Soccer in Australian National RoboCup Junior 2014
I have no expertise in Robot Soccer, but I took some images of a few of the spectacular robots that students used at the Nationals. You can see more about the RoboCup Junior Soccer robots by clicking here.
Robot Dance in Australian National RoboCup Junior 2014
I know even less about Robot Dance than I do about Soccer, but who could resist the enthusiasm and ingenuity shown by these dancers? I managed to video a couple of Dances, trying to point my camera between parents who seemed as dedicated in getting video as their children were in dancing - click here for more.
The 2014 Australian RoboCup Rescue Arenas
Some of the Rescue arenas used can be seen here. The Australian RoboCup Junior Rescue mat as purchased is shown below.
This mat is then split up into tiles that can be rearranged into different arenas. The Rescue robots are expected to find their way along the lines to the large green areas to "rescue" an object by removing it from the green square. To do this they have to negotiate obstacles along the way. Examples of the RoboCup Rescue courses used during the 2014 RoboCup Nationals can be seen by clicking here.
For the record, I have no official connection with RoboCup Australia, official photographs and results can be seen here
To go back to the LEGO EV3 Tutorials, click here.