More like a levitation device…
We are but these tiny little things, and what if the problems of the world are enormous and need the help of something larger? Well, there are these robots that either help us or we get inside and can physically punch the problem in the face…
— Kyle Anderson
https://youtu.be/pKMCo0d10PE (at 13:55)
Are we not autonomous vehicles for bacteria?
— David Rusbarsky (me)
While we wait for the results of the qualification round of the Space Robotics Challenge, lets take a look at a few other competitions:
- The Google Lunar XPrize is moving along with 5 teams scheduled to launch before the end of 2017
- The Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC) is starting up
- … and then there is Hebocon: The Best Worst Robotics Competition
This one is just itching for a new voiceover
This one is just plain cute
This is actually a pretty accurate model of the one I get to use from time to time
Team Rhubarb ranked at least 92nd place out of 405 teams according to this (official) site.
I like the map and seeing how many other countries signed up, although I wish you could zoom in a little.
When teams asked for clarification, the “92 teams competed” translates to “92 teams were eligible to submit files during the Qualification Round, not the number of teams that competed.” I.e. it is possible not all teams submitted log files. Which means, at the very least, of the 92 teams that were eligible to submit files, I did better than the teams that did not submit log files (duh) and likely ranked better than teams that submitted log files for only one of the two tasks. If I were to make a conservative guess, I’d say I ranked between 75th and 50th. I suspect we’ll get some more numbers once the 20 finalists are announced on (or around) January 31st.
I updated the main project page, including a new write up of the competition so far, videos, my (unofficial) scores, and links to my code. Click here to check it out!