On July 1st, Dr. David Barnard became the 11th President of the University of Manitoba. Since he is a computer scientist by trade, we were asked to be part of the welcoming ceremony in the Atrium by bringing out one of the robots. It was a bit of an awkward display, since the working infrared connectors for the humanoids were all away on competition, and the back-up cabling was a little finicky, but we still managed to get him up and waving. More pictures in the associated gallery.
We just got the new Citizen (Eco-Be) MicroRobots this morning - two weeks before we have to deploy them at RoboCup! A quick comparison shows them to be squatter and a little bulkier than the first generation Citizens used at last year's Mixed Reality competition, but the design is just incredible. Note the removeable controller board, separating the control system from the robot body, and lots of foresight for future expansion of sensors. The control is much finer too, compared to the first generation, in that each wheel can be controlled at 30 different speeds in each direction.
Rodrigo Guerra put up a nice video demo of these units as well.
Our Humanoids placed third at the Euroby 2008 International Robotics competition in Linz.
The competition included sprinting, obstacle run, weightlifting, and basketball events.
More details are available at the Euroby Site.
RoboCup, in Suzhou, is also only two weeks away! A promotion for this just appeared on the main University of Manitoba website.
We just finished doing a number of demonstrations at local schools, introducing students to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, and showing them potential careers in Computer Science. More images can be seen in the latest gallery.
If you're interested in having us come to your school, and you're within reasonable distance (though you never know, we once went 1000km to Gillam because it worked out), please get in touch!