Eurobot 2012: Initial thoughts

After being away from the competition for a year, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on how things can be improved and drawn out some draft objectives for this year’s competition:

  • Systematic development of a time-triggered architecture for an accurate drive platform with portable localisation algorithms to be reused in future competitions.
    • My previous 2 entries have both been pretty much ground-up builds. I’d like to build a framework that can be reused and built upon in the future.
  • Ability to keep track of (x,y) coordinates on the table to a reasonable accuracy and report these to a PC during testing.
    • I have discovered that in order to be successful, I need to remove as much of the guess-work from the process as possible. If the robot thinks that it’s in a completely different place than it is, I need to know exactly where it’s gone wrong to improve future reliability.
  • Score a reasonable amount of game points reliably to allow progression to the world finals.
    • This is currently a 3-man team so I’m not expecting to beat the likes of RCVA. However my success in the 2010 competition with a scruffy MDF box proves that simplicity with high reliability will always win over complexity with low reliability.
More information on our progress will be available soon (without giving too much away!)

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