Score online with robot soccer

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[Erik] and [Heni] have been using soccer as a way to improve code development techniques in robotics. Their soccer playing robots won first prize in the development competition at the 2007 RoboCup competition. They are using a teaching method they call Kinesthetic Bootstrapping to program the motions of the Bioloid robotic platform. The robots are moved by hand and those motions are recorded twenty times per second. The recorded data is then optimized in software and ready for playback in the robot.

After the break you’ll see a video of the robots playing soccer against each other. They receive commands from a computer via zig-bee with Nintendo Wii remotes as the user interface. That’s all fine and dandy, but perhaps you should try your own hand at a game. [Erik] and [Heni] developed a web interface that allows you to control the bots over the internet. We tried it out yesterday and had quite a bit of fun. We set the video stream to “Spectator” and “Jpeg Server Push” to get an image. You’ll have to wait until next week to play because the bots need someone to pick then up when they fall over. Live play is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm GMT+2. That should give you plenty of time to program your Arduino to say “Gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll!!!” when you score.

[Thanks Richard]

Comments

  1. nave.notnilc says:

    is their streaming going to be able to hold up under hackaday? :P

  2. Mike Szczys says:

    @nave.notnilc: I asked them about that before posting and they said it would. Also, since you have to wait until Monday to play live there shouldn’t be too much fallout.

  3. vikki says:

    forget the soccer bit, make em into sumo wrestlers or incorporate the wimotes into a Foosball table. this was a little sad to watch

  4. Tobe says:

    If you are into robocup, check this out: http://www.jrl.cs.uni-frankfurt.de/robocup/videos/

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