Results of the 2010 AUVSI RoboSub Competition

News from our underwater cousins, thanks to the always great BotJunkie:

"The 2010 International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition took place last week, and the very first thing that happened was that everybody decided that they’d much rather spend their time building robot subs as opposed to gasping out the name of the competition, so it’s now just called “RoboSub.” These RoboSubs are autonomous (not remote controlled), so the competition operates kinda like the DARPA Grand or Urban Challenge: you push the go button, and then your robot is on its own, and you can do nothing but sit back and have an anxiety attack.

As you can see from the vid, the bots have a lot of fairly complicated tasks to perform, and I imagine that being underwater causes a whole host of sensor issues… For example, several tasks require the robots to differentiate colored objects, and colors change underwater depending on depth as the red light gets filtered out. Not to mention the whole water not mixing with electronics thing…"

Day 2 and 3 finals below:

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Comment by Bill Porter on July 30, 2010 at 3:00pm
LOL, I have worked with some of those ONR folks.

I wonder if they fixed the scoring this year so that not every team was just making a dash for the last challenge to get the most points.

It's a little disappointing to see that the San-Diego robotics team sub looks like a carbon copy of a commercial ROV made by a California based commercial ROV vendor. I t could be coincidence, but if not, looks like it's not just Hollywood that has lost it's originality.

Comment by Morli on July 31, 2010 at 6:01am
Seems like spectators got their money worth of excitement and fun. Some of challenges looks pretty daunting . Congrats to all the teams. My personal congrats goes to team from Iceland. Well done guys.


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