Today was the last preparation day and it ended with the first graded tasks. Robot inspection is the task to show the basic abilities and safety issues. If you fail, your robot is disqualified and therefore not be able to take part in the competition. A robot enters the arena, drives to a inspection point and leaves the arena. The robot has to speak, navigate and avoid obstacles. It is also checked for safety, that includes a functional emergency button, and no strange cable design. We passed it with the blue robot directly and had some minor issues with the purple bot, that decided to not enter the arena but go around it. During the robot inspection that happens quite frequently and we managed it on the second try.
Afterwards a poster presentation took place. All teams presented their poster, holding information about their robot design and research they are doing. This is quite interesting and the poster session ends with discussions between teams and a welcome reception.
Tomorrow the tasks will start. At 9:00 Japanese time, meaning 2:00 in the morning for you, we will start with the Person and Speech Recognition task. Afterwards the Help Me Carry task will start and directly after this the day ends with Storing Groceries.
Testing today went well. For Help me Carry, Lisa followed to the parking lot to a real car outside of the RoboCup hall, approximately 200 meters away from the starting point. That was a nice trip.