#Robotics Line Rescue Additional Considerations


David Meego - Click for blog homepageJust 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.

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#Robotics Line Rescue Completing the rescue


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe 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.

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#Robotics Finding objects with an Ultrasonic sensor


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis 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.

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#Robotics Handling water tower or obstacles


David Meego - Click for blog homepageKeeping 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.

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#Robotics Handling intersection shortcut markers


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe 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.

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#Robotics Programming a Self Calibrating Line Following Robot


David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt 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.

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#Robotics Using the EV3 Colour Sensor in RGB mode


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis fourth article covers a really cool trick for working with the EV3 colour sensor. It resolves a couple of issues that I discovered when I first started working with Lego Mindstorms EV3.

The Robocup Junior Australia Rescue competition uses tiles to create the line following course. The starting point for the tiles is the Robocup Junior Rescue Field mat from Modern Teaching Aids which can be used whole or cut into 15 tiles.

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#Robotics Designing and Building a Line Following Robot


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis is my third article in a series on robot design and programming techniques. In this article I will be discussing how to design a line following robot including the positioning of the sensors.

Disclaimer: This article will use Robocup Junior Australia‘s Rescue (Line) Challenge with a Lego Mindstorms based robot as an example.

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#Robotics Programming a Line Following Robot – Part 2


David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is my second article in a series on robot design and programming techniques. In this article I will be discussing how to make a robot follow a line with two sensors. I will be discussing some of the different methods and explain the pros and cons of each.

Disclaimer: This article will use Robocup Junior Australia‘s Rescue (Line) Challenge with a Lego Mindstorms based robot as an example.

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#Robotics Programming a Line Following Robot – Part 1


David Meego - Click for blog homepageWelcome to my first article in a series on robot design and programming techniques. I thought I would start with an article discussing how to make a robot follow a line with a single sensor. I will be discussing some of the different methods and explain the pros and cons of each.

Disclaimer: This article will use Robocup Junior Australia‘s Rescue (Line) Challenge with a Lego Mindstorms based robot as an example.

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Welcome to the Robotics Portal


David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am pleased to announce the creation of the Robotics Portal on the Winthrop Development Consultants blog site.

As I publish more articles related to robotics and development using the EV3 Basic extensions to Microsoft Small Basic, I thought it would be useful to gather everything together into a portal.

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Robocup Junior Australia Metro Events 2017


David Meego - Click for blog homepageThe third and final reason for the slow down in blog articles over the last couple of months has been my volunteer work for Robotics.

You might remember that when my two son’s were still at school, I started mentoring for the All Saints’ College Robotics Club which runs as an extracurricular activity on Friday afternoons.

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