It’s been a busy summer for RoboJackets! Here’s a quick recap of what our teams have been up to since the end of the Spring semester:
BattleBots competed at RoboGames in Pleasanton, CA in early May. 120 lb vertical spinner Mandiii went 4-2 and took second place after only losing matches to the first place robot. Mandiii has been a focus of iterative design starting in 2012, and we were excited to celebrate years of hard work with our highest placement in competition to date.
IGVC performed at its highest level in 6 years, earning second place out of approximately 40 teams in the design competition and being one of the 11 teams to qualify out of the 36 present. This performance was thanks to their exceptional team effort to get a functional robot within a single year.
RoboRacing competed at the annual International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition this June, entering their new and improved small autonomous car, Sedani. Sedani successfully navigated the drag race autonomously, but faced some difficulties on the circuit race. Their mechanical and electrical systems are stable and the team is poised to be successful at the upcoming Sparkfun AVC in Colorado.
RoboCup significantly improved this year, successfully passing at this year’s competition in Montreal. They ended with two wins, two ties, and two losses, moving from last to 5th in their division. After competition, the team developed a working chipper prototype.
All of our competitive teams learned a lot from their competitions, and we are very excited to begin improving our robots for next year!
RoboJackets had a blast last weekend (October 13-14) at Sparkfun’s 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Twelve RoboJackets represented two of our teams and made a very good showing.
RoboRacing team member sizes up a bonus points target in the Autonomous Car Wars race
In the “Autonomous Car Wars” division, in which robots autonomously drive humans around a course (with the rider shooting Nerf darts at targets and balancing a cup of water along the way), RoboRacing swept the competition. Of the eleven entries in this class, our robot Bigoli scored over twice as many points as the nearest competitor. It was a class act, and its look and performance turned quite a few heads.
In the “Speed Demons” division, in which smaller robots autonomously navigate an obstacle course, RoboRacing had less success but still demonstrated noticeable improvement over AVC 2016. Our robot Macaroni scored the median among all teams but last of the three university teams in this division. Now that the effectiveness of our flagship, Bigoli, has been established, we can turn more attention to bringing Macaroni’s perception of its surroundings up to a similar level.
In addition to holding autonomous robot challenges, Sparkfun AVC is also one of the largest combat robot competitions in the country. BattleBots sent two of our best three-pound robots developed last year to join in, sporting improvements such as lightweight 3D-printed armor. Our robots Radiii and Snuttii represented GT and RoboJackets well, with win-loss records of 4-2 and 2-2, respectively. We hope to continue and improve upon this success for next year’s competition.