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the homepage of Czech roboteers

Our goal is to develop comprehensive site about robotics for the widest audience. It should cover both hardware (construction of physical devices) and software (control and algorithms).

There are several top level sections. In section articles you can find stories about hard gained experience and interesting topics from the world of robotics. If you are interested rather in complete robots (mostly Czech origin) then have a look at robots section. Various kinds of competitions are perfect motivation for our work. It is also the best way to start with robotics. The competitions section is currently the largest section of our site. In addition to rules, it contains notes about preparation and participation of both contestants and visitors. Recently we have started new section guide in the hopes of creating the ABC of mobile robotics (sorry, it is so far mostly in Czech).

If you have built a robot, have a product we could use, or have some interesting experiences with robots that you would want to share do not hesitate to contact us. We are always looking for new and/or interesting products for our new projects. Our mission statement is to unite as many roboteers as possible in a community based on helpfulness, knowledge sharing and mutual support.

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Featured Content

Katarina — Parrot drone Bebop
There is another toy from Parrot — drone called Bebop. My task is to prepare simple tracking of Parrot Hat (old AR Drone 2 could do that, so why not the follower?). Bebop is more professional at first sight: extra battery is part of the basic package, spare propellers, GPS, full HD camera, 8 time more powerful computer, 14 megapixels Fisheye camera with user selectable ROI … so I am quite curious how it will work from Python . Blog update: 22/3 — PCMD @40Hz

Husky — experiments with commercial platform
Husky is commercial platform manufactured by Clearpath Robotics. It is planned to be an active helper on a small farm, where it will cut the grass near electric fence and assist with material handling. Blog update: 24/2 — ver0

AppleBot — robot for harvesting apples
Two weeks ago a UK company contacted CZU regarding Robotic arm for apple harvesting. The motivation is that to find cheap work labor for picking apples is getting harder and harder, so the company would like to buy or develop a technology capable of autonomous apple picking. In this article you can find our development blog. Blog update: 30/1 — The Others (part1)

Jessica — indoor minidrone from Parrot
Parrot minidrone (Rolling Spider) is my current toy. The primary motivation is preparation of a demo for the contest of autonomous robots Tour the Stairs (part of robotic festival at the end of November in Prague). Anybody interested in decoding communication before SDK will be freely available? Blog update: 4/12 — Parrot released ARDroneSDK3!

Tour the Stairs — new contest for indoor autonomous robots
Do you want some indoor challenge in the time before Christmas? Can your robot climb the stairs? If yes then you already completed the first step towards participation in our new competition Tour the Stairs! It is going to be part of European Robotics Week in Prague by the end of November. UPDATE: 13/1 — Official video

SICK Robot Day 2014 — delivery of wooden cubes
This year autonomous robots were delivering wooden cubes (a printed barcode defined the target location). Up to four robots were competing at the same time. There were 15 teams competing. How it went? See the compilation of the best teams … Update: 21/10 — Photos (Standa)

Results — The Robotour 2014 winner is from Slovakia
So how was Robotour, the ninth year of outdoor contest of autonomous robots? I would almost introduce a new motto: „if you would like to checkout your robot, take it to the Robotour!”, because this year it was really hard, especially the start at 2pm … but I am now jumping ahead.

Introduction of teams — 1, 1, 2, 3, 5 ...
Nice! Fibonacci would be happy — Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic. There are 12 teams registered in total. The distribution is, when compared to previous years, more international this time . So when and where you can see the teams to compete? 20th September 2014, Borský park, Plzeň/Czech Republic. Concurent starts of all robots at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Robot Challenge 2014 — let's beat the human race in AirRace!
Robot Challenge is well established competition with many categories and many participating robots. One of them is flying 8-figures in net protected area — AirRace. There used to be also a semi-autonomous category for the first two years, where the best competitor Flying Dutchman reached 26 rounds. It is time to beat his score with autonomous drone now! Blog update: 11/4 — Conclusion

Results and future plans — ARBot is the winner of Polish Robotour
This was almost the last Robotour (Poland/Łódź) , due to insufficient interest. At the end 9 registered teams arrived, 8 were on Saturday in the park and 7 bravely competed and explored Park Poniatowskiego. It was hard to believe that after the heavy rain on Friday Saturday would be beautiful for the whole day … and it was, so nice weather for 8th time!

Field Robot 2013 — 11th year, this time in Prague!
The contest Field Robot Event 2013 will take place in Prague/Czech Republic for the first time. The main organizer will be Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (ČZU). The contest dates are 27th-29th June 2013, and the place will be very close to university grounds, i.e. Kamycka 129, Prague 6 - Suchdol. Registration extended until May 15th!

Robotour 2013 — the journey there and back again
The eight year of contest of autonomous robots will travel to Poland/Lodz and it will take place on 21st of September 2013 (!date change!). The basic rules remain the same. The changes are only in extension of time limit to 1 hour and if the robot reaches the goal, which is something nobody achieved yet, then after signal it can get extra points for returning back to the start.

Robotem rovně 2010 — An outdoor competition of autonomous robots in Písek
The second year of "robotem rovně" (freely translated as go straightforward with robots) took part on May 22nd 2010 in Palackého sady, Písek. The event is organized by Radioklub Písek, aiming to increase robotics awareness in general public and to attract youth to technology. Entrants compete in two categories: robots and cars (robots without any sensors). The goal is to get as far as you can on a straight path, but it’s not nearly as easy to do, as it appears to be.

PocketBot — a matchbox-sized line following robot
PocketBot project consists of three parts. The key part of the project is the robot itself – a tiny line following vehicle of a matchbox size. Furthermore, the robot is supported with an USB communication device and with a PC control application. Altogether, these three parts form a complex solution to the line following issue. Each part of the project will be described in this article.

Brimstone — my first steps in the world of robotics
I took park in the national finals of Science Expo AMAVET, where I reached the fifth rank and therefore I could participate on the international exhibition in Tunis. Moreover, I won the High school science and technology project contest in branch of electronics. On these pages, I would like to introduce my robot…

Mobile Robots Tournament Robomaticon 2015 will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 7th of March 2015
Would you like to take your robot on 3rd-4th October 2014 to Slovakia to climb the chimney?! Registration ends in August!
Google had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics — see The New York Times.
Would you like to have a robotic drink? If yes, do not miss ROBOEXOTICA, Festival for Cocktailrobotics (since 1999). It will take place in Vienna, December 5-8, 2013.
euRobotics week will take place in November, 27th-30th 2013 in Prague, Galerie NTK. Note, that there will be also presentation of Robotour contest.
SICK Robot Day 2014 will take place on October 11th 2014. New rules will be available in September on SICK website.
The European Freescale Cup contest in Paris won students from Bratislava/SK
Radioklub Písek organizes already 4th year of contest Robot, go straight. The contest will take place on Saturday May, 12th 2012 in Písek, Czech Republic.
An official webpage for Robotour 2011 is available now.
A high school project HUBmotor (integrated electromotor in the wheel) was nominated to I-SWEEEP Olympiade in USA. The author is looking for a sponsor to support manufacture of the first working prototype.
Summer school of mechatronics will be held at FSI VUT Brno from 28.6. to 1.7.2010. It will include expert lectures and practical seminars (industrial and mobile robotics and simulation modeling).
Day of Robotics with Czech National Cup of contest Eurobot is held on May 1st, 2010 in Retro Music Hall (Francouzská 4, Praha 2). The event is open to general public from 10am to 5pm (free entry).
1st year of RoboOrienteering competition will be held at Rychnov nad Kněžnou on June 19th 2010. It is a competitions of autonomous robots inspired by RoboMagellan.