Earlier this year I mentioned that the FIRST Robotics Competition released their contest problem for 2013. On Saturday I finished judging for the Lubbock competition. This is the first time they held one there. We have the one in Dallas coming up later in March. Here are a few pix from the Lubbock event.
The first is a view from the stands of the field while they are setting up for a match:
This view is for the blue end of the field during a match. The goal is to shoot flying disks into the slots above the field. It starts out in autonomous mode, but the other team tries to defend those goals as well:
At the end of the match, the teams can try to climb the pyramid to receive extra points. This is a picture of #16 after it fell off the pyramid. This was the only robot I saw that actually made it to the top in Lubbock. These robots are not light and when they fall, it can be disastrous. You'll notice the other two robots are suspended just above the playing field.
I can't wait until Dallas to see a whole new set of teams tackle this difficult set of problems.
The combination of robotics and analytic skills these teams exercised will help them long after this compeition is over.