I wanted to update you on the registrations we’ve had for our robot competition. By the way, if you can be in Paris, apply to join us, but you have only until May 25 to sign up. After that we’ll work on selecting the top entries for the June 21 event. Anyways, we’ve over 60 teams registered so far, and apparently all walks of life: ages 15 to 58, students, professors, researchers, engineers and even family-teams! I wish there was room to have everyone compete on the 21st, but since our booth can only house 4 arenas, we have to pare it down to 12 teams. It’s already going to be a tight fit; here’s a mockup of the arena area :
The MATLAB/Simulink files are posted on the project github, and the hardware files will be added very soon for those curious. The hardware design is pretty mature now; here’s a recent prototype assembled from parts printed for us by lefabshop :
By the way, only the two front wheels actually touch the ground and are motorized. The four rear wheels are just to look a bit more like the actual Mars rovers. Another detail is that the camera post can accommodate either a USB camera or the Raspberry Pi camera. We’re getting better color results with changing lighting conditions for the USB camera at the moment, so leaning towards using that at the moment.
We will have robots available to the 12 teams during the day of the competition, so no need for you to build one yourself. You can rely on simulation to improve your algorithm and the day of the competition your work can be copy and pasted right into the hardware-enabled Simulink models.
By the way, we will be at the MakerFaire meetup on May 19th if you want to come meet us in person and talk shop… The Family (25 Rue du Petit Musc, Paris) from 18h30 to 20h00.
If you’re a team and blogging on your efforts, drop us a note and let us know !