Soccerbots: Robotic Football Exhibition

May 15th, 2012 § 9 comments

Our goal is build a robot football team that can play football (soccer) in a public space. The robots can be remote controlled by children and adults, as well as play autonomously by themselves.

We believe that this exhibition will draw tremendous media attention and foot traffic given the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship that will take place in June 2012. In addition, it will be the first robotic football exhibition in China where the audience can participate.

Two robotic teams with seven players will play on a special football field (table size or larger). Audience members will be able to remotely control the robots. The robots can also be automatically controlled, allowing the robots to play by themselves or against human players. Each robot will be designed to wear the jersey of the color of the participating teams in the European Football Championship.

We believe this exhibition will get coverage in local media, given the interest in European football, the uniqueness of the robots, and the audience participation.

Sponsorship

XinCheJian is asking for 50,000 RMB from the main sponsor of the Soccerbots Exhibition. These costs are the minimum requirements to cover the basic materials, components, tools and support costs. Due to the extreme time constraints, half of the funds (25,000 RMB) must be provided before May 18th 2012. The overall engineering cost of the Soccerbots exhibition is estimated at well over 200,000 RMB when taking into account the cost of the expert engineering team donated by Xinchejian.

The exhibition will be on loan to a space designated by the sponsor for the duration of the event. Given the transportation costs, the sponsor will need to provide the field based on a design and set of specifications provided by XinCheJian.

XinCheJian will provide four robotic teams of seven players, remote controllers for the audience to play, the special football field sensors, the special game ball, and recharging units for the robots. All robots, playing field, remote controls, and equipment must be returned to XinCheJian at the end of the exhibition.

Soccerbots Swarm Robotics Team

XinCheJian has assembled a team of two senior engineers, Michaelis Lutz and Edward Jiang, with over 10 years of robotics experience. Assisting them to build the robots will be more than 10 part-time engineers and designers.

Project Lead Engineers:

Michaelis Lutz

Xinchejian Project Engineers:

Spencer Featherstone, Mika Lin, Valentin Gauffre, Raymond Walintukan, Tim Lan, Chong Yang, Robin Lee, Chris Carey, Infy Zhang

XinCheJian supporting team:

Ricky Ng-Adam and Kevin Chen (proposal), Otto Mao (translation)

Previously Built Robots:

Mr. Lutz and Mr. Jiang have built multiple robots at XinCheJian including:

  • “Insectbot” autonomous robots
  • Hacked RC car, turned into an autonomous robot
  • R2D2 autonomous robot
  • Micro-sized line-follower autonomous robot
  • Four-legged autonomous walking robot

View a list of projects and pictures here:

Parting words

At XinCheJian, we believe this would be a unique and attention-grabbing exhibition. This will be the first robotic football swarm game in China, which could draw interest from both traditional media and social media. Most important, we think the robots will attract lots of people who will come to watch the robots playing football!

Our organization has positive visibility in the local media including magazines and TV media, many online social networks (such as Weibo) and our own blog. Our sponsor can gain positive exposure by associating itself to this ambitious and attractive project.

We have a strong self-interest in seeing this project succeed and driving traffic to our sponsor to build an audience for the project and enhance our reputation as a creative and innovative space.

概念图Concept Proposals

Figure 1: Audience members watching the Soccerbots playing football.

Figure 2:  Proposed 3D model shell for the soccerbot robot exterior.

Figure 3: Concept of external skins for soccerbots, based on European Football teams.

§ 9 Responses to Soccerbots: Robotic Football Exhibition"

  • Camilo Parra says:

    External skins for soccerbots, would be great, if could be personalised with paint or more cool a 3d scan of the person face with http://www.hypr3d.com/, 3d printed on the sheel that you proposed (this one need to round the hip geometry).

    Regards

  • Embedream says:

    很不错的想法!期待着……
    不知道机器人设计的尺寸多大?打算如何实现?是不是只考虑人工遥控?是否支持人机对弈?
    如果要支持人机对弈,不知道打算如何得到机器人和球的位置?参考FIRA的全景视觉?
    如果愿意,可以考察一下我做的FIRA小车,看看给它穿上外衣后是否符合你们的期望?小车尺寸7.5*7.5*7.5cm(新车间应该有样品),而且设计了Arduino 控制板,可无线控制,应该说基本具备了你们所需的功能。只是性能差些,因为设计时考虑就是普及,娱乐为主!

  • Lutz says:

    @Embedream. Yes we was thinking about the FIRA bot as well but since we already started the swarm bot project with other requirements we just converted that to the soccer project. I am curious if you could think about a solution for future proejts like that?

    • embedream says:

      没关系!以后有机会再说。
      不知道你们的“群体机器人”项目的硬件平台(也就是小车平台)用的是什么?项目研究的主攻方向是?协同工作?群体的通讯?或者是分布算法?
      其实在群体机器人项目中,小车只是个载体,通过它来将群体行为表现出来,不知道我的理解是否准确?
      因为我做的这个小车有两所高校拿去也是做”群体机器人“研究,不过我觉得他们过多的纠缠在小车上了,其实没有必要,选择一个过得去的小车平台即可,重点是小车间的关联,你说呢?

  • Lutz says:

    Thanks for your eply Embedream. I can’t get the comment in Google translate this time, sorry 🙂 I would like to talk to you about this project.

    Could someone translate this above comment to English please.

    • rockets says:

      let me try to help to translate it!
      没关系!以后有机会再说。
      It is just ok, we can talk it later.
      不知道你们的“群体机器人”项目的硬件平台(也就是小车平台)用的是什么?项目研究的主攻方向是?协同工作?群体的通讯?或者是分布算法?
      which robot platform your choiche to use?what is the goal of the swarm robot?co-working?communication?or Distribution algorithm
      其实在群体机器人项目中,小车只是个载体,通过它来将群体行为表现出来,不知道我的理解是否准确?
      I think that swarm robot the robot is a carrier. We need let the swarm action to perform what we want they do. Is that accurate?
      因为我做的这个小车有两所高校拿去也是做”群体机器人“研究,不过我觉得他们过多的纠缠在小车上了,其实没有必要,选择一个过得去的小车平台即可,重点是小车间的关联,你说呢?
      Infact I have been design the YM4 for highschool swarm robot research, but they take a lot of time on the robot itself then the swarm. I don’t think that is neccery for that project. You can just choice one robot fit the requirement of movement or something we fouce on. the most importen thing is the conection of the robots. Do you agree with me?

      Hope I am not mess up!

  • Embedream says:

    不知道你们的项目进展如何了?看看我最近尝试的内容:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDAzODk2NzEy.html ,是不是和你们要做的很接近?^_^

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