The birth of Scratchy - and we are back in Lisbon

Team Homer is back! Back in Lisbon. Just after Magdeburg for RoboCup German Open, Lisbon now tends to be the most frequent location for competition attendances of our team. First time we were here for RoCKIn in 2015. Afterwards we attended the European Robotics League each year. We are here with our newest robotic family member Scratchy — as the Simpsons character, but also as in “built from scratch”.

Kinect --- 150€. Hokuyo lascerscanner --- 1000€. Kinova arm --- 25.000€. Passing the security check with a robot in the hand luggage - priceless!
Kinect --- 150€. Hokuyo lascerscanner --- 1000€. Kinova arm --- 25.000€. Passing the security check with a robot in the hand luggage - priceless!.

Receiving no guaranteed financial support this time, we had to reduce our travel expenses to a minimum. That’s why we came up with a lightweight robot based on our former “Maggie” model. The great benefit of this new robot is that it fits completely into one piece of hand luggage plus a bagpack (for the arm). Of course this results into interested faces during the luggage inspection and nice looking x-ray pictures at the airport.

Scratchy together with its competitor mBot from team SocRob
Scratchy together with its competitor mBot from team SocRob.

Once in Lisbon, we went directly to the robotics lab of the technical university and reassembled Scratchy — which didn’t take much more than one hour.

The base.
The base..

You want to learn more about Scratchy? Read it up on the robots section.

Hamster is enyoing its view out of the window of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon.
Hamster is enyoing its view out of the window of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon..

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