rips done poster-session running

This day we started early and got into the venue right as the doors opened. The morning consisted of testing and optimizing our games.

To get a better test scenario Stephan asked a few volunteers to help practicing person recognition. This quickly led to an even greater crowd and a tv camera.

Rips went,with one small exception, well  - blue Lisa used her chance to bug us and froze the gui multiple times while Viktor tried to show the continue rule.

Watching the robots of the other teams contesting in rips showed a lot of creative ideas in designing the robot. Many used two arms and created a way to move the upper part of the robot up and down. Also interesting was the casing of the robots. Some teams just used a simple bare-bone approach while others fully obscured the robots mechanics and even made a cloth like surrounding.

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End of Day 1

PANO_20150717_183144We got out local git running in no time, so we had time to start practice the tests. To make things easier Raphael decided to use both robots to build an “automatic grammar testing system” - the purple Lisa gets to read out the questions while the blue Lisa listens to them and answers with the provided answers. We got a Video, but sadly we are not able to upload it.

The working ended surprisingly at 10:00 pm, because the venue closed. But that wasn’t too bad, we got time to try a random (pointing at a sign on the wall) food from a nice little restaurant on the way home. As a bonus we managed to order 4 beer without anyone understanding English and no beer to point at :P

Next up tomorrow will be RIPS and the poster session.

Welcome to Robo Cup

Today is the first setup day. This morning we got to the venue and after a short buildup time both our robots are up and running. We found a nice space right behind the arena and sorted our stuff. We forgot our network switch at home, but luckily TechUnited was nice and lend us their spare one to us. Today we also found the person responsible for the Carnet ATA. Unfortunately, we still did not get the stamp for import in China, but we had to give away the Carnet ATA and will get it back at 5pm.

First tests in the arena went well and by the time the batteries needed loading it was time for lunch. We got some from the venue’s food court and happily applied our chopstick skills. We are already masters when it comes to eating with chopsticks! ;)

Also we (our team) seem to be an interesting attraction. The Chinese people always want to take pictures with us.

At the time we are fighting an unstable git connection, but that shouldn’t hold us up for long.. we are setting up a local one.

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Arrived in Hefei

Shortly after 5 am we landed in Beijing. Our luggage was automatically transferred to the next flight, so we did not have to pass customs. We took a domestic flight to Hefei, the city where the RoboCup will take place. When we arrived at the airport there was no possibility to pass customs with our Carnet ATA since we took a domestic flight. The best reply we could get was “You should have done it in Beijing”. The problem was that we did not have luggage. Also, the RoboCup officials told us that we needed to do it in Hefei.

After exiting the security zone, we were received by a group of RoboCup volunteers. These are Chinese students who help the participants with all matters regarding the RoboCup. We asked them about customs and the Carnet ATA. They asked a few officials and made a few phone calls, but there was nothing they could do. Nobody at the airport seemed to be responsible for the Carnet ATA or even to know what this document is for (btw. this document allows us to import expensive goods (e.g. robots) temporarily for exhibition purposes without paying taxes). But the volunteers arranged an appointment for us at the RoboCup venue. Tomorrow morning we can find a person there who will help us out.

With this matter postponed to tomorrow we got a free shuttle bus directly to our hotel organized by the RoboCup officials. One of the volunteers came with us and helped us out during the check-in (and we realized that nobody in our hotel knows English). After unpacking we came back to the lobby where we met another volunteer (see photo). This time she introduced herself as the volunteer that is exclusively responsible for our team (apparently every team has a volunteer to help out). We asked her for a supermarket and restaurant nearby. She suggested to take a car since it was raining. Additonally, we learned that anytime we needed a car, we could just call her and she would provide as a car and a driver for free.

In the restaurant we had Chinese noodles with beef which we bravely ate with chopsticks! After a short shopping tour we went to the RoboCup venue to take a first look and to know where to go tomorrow. The venue is just a 5 minute walk away. Later we went to a nearby hotel where we got batteries for our robot (which were previously ordered for us by Sören, a friend of Johannes from the Rescue league).

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