VEX has announced a new AI robotics competition with two minute matches, no drivers.
“Each team brings two robots that they design and build to work as a team. Teams can 3D print and machine parts. Teams can use custom electronics, and there are no motor quantity limits. This game will be open to High School students and College students alike. Game registration will include the hardware needed for that year’s competition to run VEX AI, VEX GPS, VEX LINK, and Sensor Fusion Map.”
Information from the VEX website about this new competition:
VEX GPS Sensor
Install the Game Positioning System (GPS) on your robot
Apply the VEX Field Code to the field interior
Track X, Y Position and Heading on the field
VEX AI Vision System
Explore Artificial Intelligence
Detect hundreds of objects simultaneously
Determine object type, location, and distance
Experience a LIVE view of augmented reality
VEX LINK Communications
Activate VEX LINK Communications
Communicate from Robot-to-Robot
Send messages and data between bots
Coordinate robot actions
Sensor Fusion Map
Locate robots, objects, and goal on the map
Share information from robot to robot
Watch it all in real time via WiFi
Teams get to build two robots that work together as a team. That changes the robot design and robot strategy dynamic significantly. Do you build two identical robots, or build two different robots with different skills and capabilities? And now, with 3D printing and machining, there are new skills to be learned and taken advantage of, too
Need a new sensor that isn’t available from VEX. You have choices! Buy one and integrate it, or, even better, build it. Students can design their own circuits to enhance the capabilities of their robot. There are new skills to learn, including schematics, circuit design, microcontrollers, and new sensor technology. The possibilities are real, and the learning potential is too!
Just imagine what comes next for your programming skills! You will have to replicate your driver skills in code. That means path planning, object manipulation, and scoring. You will have to write your offensive and defensive strategy in code. That means you need to calculate the score, determine the next best move, coordinate both robots, and execute the plan fast. Finally, and possibly the biggest challenge, is you will have to anticipate and react to your opponent’s strategy and changing field conditions… all in code.
Release video: https://youtu.be/SpiqsMhiY-E
More information: https://www.vex.com/vex-ai
All information copied from the VEX website.
Looks like FIRST now has a competitor.