Monday, 28 July 2014
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Friday, 25 July 2014
After the judging results were in we won second!
The video is provided by RunSwift.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
In the second half RunSwift scored a few more goals. The wifi was back working and we scored one as well.
So we are once more second in the world and we can't quite believe it. We came here with a code base which had faced us with huge problems and we fixed most of them.
We are also the best German team in the world and the only team that scored a goal versus rUNSWift. We can be proud for this! :-D
After the game we used the time to make promotion shots with the locals. At the moment there should be a few thousand images on Facebook presenting a robot from the HTWK Leipzig.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
We started the robots ten minutes before the game started and had problems with the communication. We used our timeout early in the game to get that fixed and also to recalibrate our robots.
The first half started good. We shot the first goal and then the world was coming down on us! UChile shot three goals in a row, our robots were completely delocalized (i.e. didn't know where on the field they are) and unable to dribble the ball. We were glad the half-time ended only 3:1 for UChile and our spirits were really down.
The second half-time started and we shot the 3:2. Not two minutes later we shot the 3:3 and the rooms was exploding with applause. UChile took their timeout and we used the time to recalibrate our cameras.
After the timeout ended we scored the 4:3 and took the lead. UChile used every bot against us and scored the 4:4. We took the opportunity when UChile had one bot less on the field to score the 5:4.
UChile used everything they had left and not two minuted before the end it looked very closed for them to score another goal, but we managed to fend it off. The game ended 5:4! :-D
Tomorrow we will play in the finals! Our opponent is being decided right now. The contenders are the teams B-Human from Germany and rUNSWift from Australia. We are currently celebrating a bit.
Also it seem that a few people have stomach issues: The organizer put on a note on the toilets so you are not drinking the tap water. Due to the different environment it is not drinkable for those wo are not residents in Brazil.
It was an intense first half due adjustments when we shoot and we didn't know for sure how this will work out. Now we know: quite fine! :-D After the first half the score was 3:0. In the second half each team scored one more goal. So the final score is 4:1 and we will be participating in the semi finals at 20:40 CEST (15:40 BRT).
We would like to thank everyone for honour they have given us and the trust they put in us. We want to ensure that we will do everything to have a great RoboCup 2015.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
We met everyone later and ... and we did it!!!!
Monday, 21 July 2014
We also participated in our first drop in game. In a drop in game we play like team blue versus team red a usual. However, each of the teams is made up by different competitors. The team members communicate via a standard protocol and have to agree on a strategy. This challenge is quite new and the teams are still working to get a good balance between trust to the other players and doubts about the information the other teammates provide.
We need from time to time a moment to come done, collect our thoughts or just to distract us a moment. The organizers used a bit empty space to set up a few hammocks. It's a gift and used a lot by the teams.
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Currently the referee meeting takes place, so everyone will be on the same page when it comes to game decisions. The rules and exceptions are discussed, but in the end the main referee will make the final decision. If you are interested in the rules, download the official rule book for the SPL.
The taxi driver drove them to a place quite like Walmart, Rewe or Kaufland. Taxi drivers don't accept credit card here and our three men had to pay with hard currency Also it's quite hard to get money from an ATM. Credit cards are not accepted in most places and you can only withdraw money from 6am to 10pm - that's usually the time we work on the robots.
They bought cases full of food and water. In the meantime the team "Hulks" asked us if they should bring also some water So we are good for the next few days. As our men tried to find a taxi to drive back to the venue a friendly man invited them to his car and assured them that he is a taxi driver. Spoiler - he was not... but our three men where lucky. He was a good guy and drove them back to the venue for R$ 30 (~10€) checking Facebook all the time while driving, showing the guys the chica bonitas on Facebook and honked his horn at the chicka bonita on the street walk.
We used the time to work on the walking engine. We won't use the new walking engine, instead we will use the old with a few backported features. Our penality shooter reported also progress and a lot team members worked on their new or modified subsystems like ultrasound, path finding or the localization.
At the end of the day we relaxed at the beach, enjoying the recommended cold beverage in Brazil made with a lot love: caipirinha
Saturday, 19 July 2014
We got our bus to the venue. The venue has no AC and the company which should provide complementary water for all participants didn't show up this morning. Our place is fully setup, but internet won't be available till the evening. We use a mobile connection to write this text. So you won't hear much from us today.
Tomorrow is the first setup day where we have to figure out when our shuttle is leaving and how we will come back to the hotel. We will also register and establish our infrastructure on our table and on the field.
Here are some impressions of this night: