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Enrich summary

As some of you already know, we’ve participated in the Enrich – First European Robotics Hackathlon where our R17 robot had to measure radiation, map the building and collect some live radiation sources from the reactor room of the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant.

We had a great time preparing for the three missions, while we had to solve issues ranging from wireless networking through concrete walls to installing new sensors and the Rubedo CVM computer vision module on the robot.

The following video shows one of our two runs with live cobalt-60 isotopes, beginning with the 40 meter lift, and contains both external views and some operator video content.

It was extremely inspiring, that we met with the ladies and gentlemen from both research and industry who built the most capable robots you could send in when the time has come. This was the most realistic incident situation one could imagine.

The organizers from Austrian Armed Forces, EVN, Fraunhofer FKIE and European Robotics made very serious efforts to handle the participants, the visitors and the isotopes very professionally every day, and made sure everyone is safe and can work efficiently through the whole event.

Greetings to other teams!

The RoboCup German Open has ended with fantastic results!

Sunday afternoon the RoboCup German Open has ended; let us announce you with great pride that Rescube Robotics’ performance was again well beyond expectations: we have fantastic results. Let us see:

  • at the main competition, the Rescue Robot League we have reached the 2nd place among the six teams
  • at the sub-contest for the most dexterous robots (Best-in-Class Dexterity) we have won the 1st prize
  • and finally at the sub-contest for the most mobile robots (Best-in-Class Mobility) we have taken the 2nd place.

We are now very proud and happy, and also the result of the main competition has now officially qualified us to enter the 2017 RoboCup World Championship in July in Nagoya, Japan.

We are on the way back home, will get beck to you soon with photos and details!

We have had excellent preliminaries on RoboCup German Open

As you may know, the entrance for the RoboCup world championship leads through the European (German) qualification round, the RoboCup German Open. We have been in Magdeburg since Tuesday and we are proud to announce that based on the preliminaries held on Friday and Saturday we are currently ranked second out of the six teams. We seem to have a though Sunday: besides the main competition we are going to battle for the Best-in-class Mobility and Best-in-class Dexterity titles as well.

We will get back to you tomorrow with the final results and lots of photos – until that here is the official group photo of the contest:

We have won FLIR’s December Maker Contest!

As we have mentioned in our prior blogpost, we have submitted our project to the FLIR maker community showcase.

Let us proudly announce that we have won the December Maker Contest! It is a great honor that our project was recognized by the global leading company in thermal imaging and our robot is now being featured in the company’s website.

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We had a great time @ Science No Fiction

This year was the second time National Instruments organized the Science No Fiction Festival in Debrecen, Hungary.

We were invited to demo our robots again and got some new friends again.

Who would have thought that the most popular feature of the robot is the Flir Lepton camera with the waving gripper? 🙂

All the kids liked it, and even the very small ones smiled when saw the robot waving at them. 🙂

Of course while we were there, we used our time to prepare for this years RoboCup competitions (Germany, Japan), and our R17 robot get it’s arm attached and tested.

It’s a very important issue to get the kids interested in STEM fields, and we try to inspire the next generation to learn about robotics.

Our calendar has a few upcoming events too:
– 23th february We’ll be at the University of Pécs, giving a talk on Pollack Expo
– 2nd march We’re invited for a demonstration about robotics in Hungary at Trafo
– 25th march Magyarokamarson.hu is the competition most of Rescube members met, so we’re always happy to support the event
– 31st march – 1st april The Drone & Robotics Show will visit Sopron, Hungary and we’ll display our robots again.

We’re on the Flir Developer Community page

As some of you might already know, we’ve started using the FLIR Lepton sensors early on in the end of 2014.

These thermal sensors were the first to have accessible prices, and their small size make them especially fit for smaller robotics projects.

Today these sensors are available not just as phone peripherals, but the Cat S60 phone already has the thermal camera built in.

A few days ago the Rescube Robot got presented the FLIR developer community page: https://lepton.flir.com/community-showcase-items/robocup-rescue-league-robot/

Hope to get FLIR onboard on our 2017 RoboCup Rescube League robot.

A gift from our friend Peter

We’re very proud to present you this gift we received from our #1 fan, Peter Domonkos!

This led display is one of a kind, handcrafted plexiglas with a 3d printed base.

Can you believe, that this IoT device has wifi connection via an ESP8266 module, and you can set the colors through a REST API? It’s absolutely mindblowing.

This gift is the result of hours of dedicated work, that means very much to the whole team!

Hope to see you in Debrecen this weekend!

Meet us @ Science NO Fiction Tudományfesztivál this weekend

It’s about that time of year, when we’ve rolled the first meters with our prototype robot at the Science NO Fiction festival last year. That prototype became the Design Award winner at the RoboCup WorldCup 2016 in Leipzig.

We’re already preparing for this two day event, and we’ll efficiently use our time together to work on our 2017 prototype already.

Of course you can meet with the 2016 competition robot and we will talk about the competitions we’ve been to, and we’re going to.

See you in Kölcsey Központ, Debrecen on teh 4-5th of february.

http://hungary.ni.com/science-no-fiction

Researchers’ Night 2016

We had a real great evening at this year’s Researchers’ Night. It was a fantastic experience to meet hundreds of zealous youngsters from preschoolers to university students. Ericsson Hungary has invited countless number of interesting exhibitors and there were so many visitors that sometimes the carbon-dioxide sensor on our robot showed us a serious increase in the concentration…

We would like to express our gratitude towards the Hungarian Robot Builders Association for kindly inviting us to this super-exciting event.

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