2 weeks ago
Robots o My!
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10 Sand Island Parkway, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA
Description

Hey remember us?

 

Well after the hurricane Nick and I had a job to do, in Hawaii! See we support an International Robotics competition called RobotX. It takes place every 2 years and offers students and industry professionals a chance to test new and interesting autonomous robotics solutions in a real-world environment. Over the course of a week teams from across the world compete against static and dynamic course elements. And it’s not them competing, it’s the robot they designed. See, it’s full hands off here, the boat has to navigate, observe and make decisions all on its own. They start with a standard base platform, and have to add propulsion, power, processing, sensing, and everything in between. Challenges include automated docking, obstacle avoidance, underwater localization, and marine navigation. 

 

And an important part of their solutions is C2C, or Command and Control. The wireless link needed to R/C their boat (between runs) download logs, change and upload code and stream real time telemetry between the robot and the developers/operator. It’s always been a struggle to have so many teams (15 this past year) in such a small space all trying to use Wifi for this task. I once measured the noise floor at -70 in the venue one year.

 

But there’s been one clear, inexpensive and reliable brand of radio for the task, but you could have guessed it right?IMG_20181214_081219.jpg

 

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And as event staff, we rely on Ubiquiti as well. We had a Unifi system on site providing internet to the teams across the venue via 13 Unifi mesh Aps, 2 Unifi Switches, 2 Edge Switches and an EdgeRouter. We also have a mixture of Airmax Nanostations and Airmax Bullets for the links required to control the dynamic elements of the course out on the water.

 

 

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This year National University of Singapore took home the grand prize. In 2016 the University of Florida won, and in 2014 a joint team of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Olin College of Engineering took top spot. 1st_Place_NUS_RX18.jpg

 

 

 

Robots o My!

by 2 weeks ago - last edited 2 weeks ago

Hey remember us?

 

Well after the hurricane Nick and I had a job to do, in Hawaii! See we support an International Robotics competition called RobotX. It takes place every 2 years and offers students and industry professionals a chance to test new and interesting autonomous robotics solutions in a real-world environment. Over the course of a week teams from across the world compete against static and dynamic course elements. And it’s not them competing, it’s the robot they designed. See, it’s full hands off here, the boat has to navigate, observe and make decisions all on its own. They start with a standard base platform, and have to add propulsion, power, processing, sensing, and everything in between. Challenges include automated docking, obstacle avoidance, underwater localization, and marine navigation. 

 

And an important part of their solutions is C2C, or Command and Control. The wireless link needed to R/C their boat (between runs) download logs, change and upload code and stream real time telemetry between the robot and the developers/operator. It’s always been a struggle to have so many teams (15 this past year) in such a small space all trying to use Wifi for this task. I once measured the noise floor at -70 in the venue one year.

 

But there’s been one clear, inexpensive and reliable brand of radio for the task, but you could have guessed it right?IMG_20181214_081219.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072639.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072658.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073140.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073147.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_073640.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_075729.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_080205.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_084137.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_104124.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_104635.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_123510.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181208_174319.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_081225.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_131706.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_145746.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181214_145805.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_072617.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_073119.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_075712.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_080246.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_084201.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_104141.jpg

 

 

 

And as event staff, we rely on Ubiquiti as well. We had a Unifi system on site providing internet to the teams across the venue via 13 Unifi mesh Aps, 2 Unifi Switches, 2 Edge Switches and an EdgeRouter. We also have a mixture of Airmax Nanostations and Airmax Bullets for the links required to control the dynamic elements of the course out on the water.

 

 

IMG_20181204_092053.jpg

 

IMG_20181208_174525.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072559.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072738.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_072815.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_074241.jpg

 

IMG_20181215_075650.jpg

 

MVIMG_20181215_072750.jpg

 

This year National University of Singapore took home the grand prize. In 2016 the University of Florida won, and in 2014 a joint team of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Olin College of Engineering took top spot. 1st_Place_NUS_RX18.jpg

 

 

 

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Comments
by
2 weeks ago

nice work! 

by Ubiquiti Employee
2 weeks ago

Neat setup, thanks for posting.

by
a week ago - last edited a week ago

Twas very interesting to see QUT (A Queensland, Australia Uni) featuring prominently there. I studied in that group at QUT 10 years back (computer and comms eng - mostly FPGA'a and early embedded C programmable microcontrollers such as the ubiquitious MC68HC08 / 12 and lesser known microcontrollers such as the 'rabbit' that seemed like it was going to be the next arduino before arduino existed...).. most of us were involved with early stage drone technology (collision avoidance etc - walking around in the postgrad study block was always a bit interesting - duck and cover) under a professor by the last name Campbell. I was sponsored by agriculture so my stuff was a bit more boring - getting data from field to factory. I wish ubnt gear was available then.. The guys I was working with had autonomous decison making well advanced but comms was one of our major stumbling blocks..

 

Interesting post mate Man Happy

by
12 hours ago

How does that Switch 8-150W not overheat? The side vents look almost totally blocked, unless there’s holes in the enclosure that can’t be seen in that picture. Would also be interested to know why UniFi here and EdgeMax there.