Rescube visits World Robot Summit 2018 in Japan

We are very happy to let you know that Team Rescube will visit Tokyo this October to enter the World Robot Summit 2018 event.

Surprise, surprise! We will compete in the Standard Disaster Robotics category.

Of course disaster recovery is a hot topic in Japan and they are keen in robotics, so this is a natural place to organize such a worldwide event.

Since this years RoboCup German Open, we’ve made our arm more dexterous, and rebuilt the robot to be more modular, maintainable and transportable.

Let’s meet our friends from Australia, Austria, Germany, India again and hope to get new friends from Japan too!

We might revisit WRS2020 when they will organize the robotics competition aligned with the Olimpics 2020. The disaster robotics challenges will be held at a testing replica of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Plans for 2018

Dear Friends,

We’ve been very busy at the end of last year. As you might have heard, after our visit to Enrich, some of us have entered and later won the IAEA Robotics Challenge – with our Unmanned Surface Vessel.

Of course while that spin-off took some time from us, we’re still on track with the Search and Rescue robot, and we’re heading to Magdeburg, Germany to meet our friends at the RoboCup German Open 2018

We’re rebuilding the R18 robot similar to the previous one, but with more refined parts and tuned software.

Have a look at the new gripper that’s much more compact and lightweight than in 2017, and it’s also stronger at the same time.

Compact gripper for the R18 robot arm.

As we don’t have the resources to visit the RoboCup WorldCup in Canada this year, we will focus on the German Open, and aim at the RoboCup WorldCup of 2019 (Sydney).

If you are interested in building robots with us, drop us a line here in the contact box, and let’s have a chat.

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!

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