We are testing the autonomous sample pickup. So far so good! The robot initializes, detects the sample, and picks it up. All without human intervention (except for a few breakpoints to let us check how things are working).
We made a short video showing what AERO sees when it attempts to pick up the pre-cached sample.
Apologies for not posting updates in quite a while. We have been busy implementing AERO in the Gazebo simulator, redoing our navigation pipeline, improving object recognition. We hope to do better this year!
We going outside regularly to collect sample data sets for the vision algorithms. It is much easier to take just the cameras outside, than the whole robot.
We integrated a KVH 1750 6 DOF IMU in AERO with 3 axes of MEMS accelerometers and 3 axes of fiber optic gyroscopes. Our platinum sponsor, KVH, has featured our work on their blog. Check out the article below:
AERO was featured as on of the weirdest robots at AUVSI by Popular Science magazine.
We don’t think AERO looks weird, but maybe that is just our opinion. 🙂
Thank you to our platinum sponsor, KVH, for letting us demo AERO in their booth during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) show held in Washington DC. We got great exposure for the robot and made some great contacts.
Team AERO participated in the TouchTomorrow Festival at WPI on Saturday, June 8th. It was a very exciting time, and we hope we inspired many kids to one day become interested in space, science, math, and robotics. If you missed the festival this year, there is a strong likelihood WPI will do TouchTomorrow next year again. Look for the advertisements.
Unfortunately, it is the end of the season for Team AERO. Thank you all for following our blog and supporting us along the way. I want to make a quick shout out to our sponsors who without their support we would never have been able to compete.
We will take the summer to decide how to approach next year, and keep checking back here for update. We will compete again in SRR 2014!
On Thursday, June 6th, the challenge organizers opted to rerun Level 1 of the challenge since no one passed on the first day. This time AERO got off the starting platform and drove about 15 meters towards the pre-cached sample. Unfortunately, that is as far as we got. We later found out that the global planner that provides the robot with goals to drive towards crashed for some reason and caused the robot to stop. After a period of 15 minutes of inactivity, the judges officially ended our season.