Just when I thought I had finished the series of articles explaining the techniques need to complete the Robocup Junior Australia Line Rescue Challenge, I realised that there were some additional considerations and advice that will help take your robots to the next level.
The idea of this article is not to provide solutions, but to make teams aware of issues and problems they make encounter, so they can make their hardware and software more robust and capable.
The previous article in this series covered how to find the victim in the rescue zone for the Robocup Junior Australia Line Rescue challenge:
This article covers the steps needed to complete the rescue depending on the division you are competing in; Primary, Secondary or Open.
This is almost the final article explaining the techniques to handle the challenges your robot will face during the line rescue division of Robocup Junior Australia competition.
Your robot should now be able to navigate all the way through the course following the line and handling intersections and obstacles in its path. The final part of the challenge is the rescue and this article discusses the first part of the rescue process…. finding the victim.
Keeping the momentum going, here is the next article in this series to help you prepare of the Robocup Junior Australia competition.
Your robot should now be able to line follow and navigate intersection markers successfully, so the next task is to make sure it can handle obstacles (previously known as the water tower) that might be placed in front of it. This challenge can be a little tricky as the robot will need to leave the line and then find the line again to continue line following.
The Robocup Junior WA State Competition for 2019 is just around the corner, so I thought I would get back to writing some more of the blogs in this series.
So far we have concentrated on building and programming of a Line Following Robot, but we have not discussed the handling of intersections or shortcuts. These are the green squares which indicate the direction a robot should turn when it reaches an intersection.
It has been a while since I wrote an article for my robotics portal, so I thought I would write about a topic I have been mentoring a student recently.
This concept for this article is how to create a line following robot that is self calibrating. When a robot is self calibrating, the requirement for taking light readings and updating the code when changing venues or light conditions change is avoided.
On the 15th March 2018, the Robocup Junior WA Committee ran a Rescue Line Workshop at All Saints’ College.
The workshop was a great success with a large turnout who enjoyed the session and learnt the basics of building a robot (both hardware and software) for the Robocup Junior Australia Rescue Line challenge.