Saturday, June 23, 2012

Team DARwIn repeats win at RoboCup in Kid-Size division

The combined Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania teams for
Following CHARLI’s repeat win in the Adult-Size division of RoboCup 2012’s robot soccer competition, the United States’ Team DARwIn also scored a repeat win in the Kid-Size robot leagues. The team won in a final match against Japan’s CiT Brians, 8-2 on Saturday in Mexico City.

Team DARwIn is a joint venture between Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory and the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP laboratory. 

It is the second year in a row that RoMeLa has used and won with theDARwIn-OP soccer-playing humanoid robots developed together with Purdue Univ., Univ. Penn, and ROBOTIS Co. sponsored by NSF. About 400 units are currently being used world-wide for robotics research and education. 

A total of eight teams at this year’s RoboCup competition used the OP ’bots, which are now open-sourced and also available for purchase. It is a fully open source design -- both software and hardware. All info on the hardware is to be shared on-line for free, including detailed plans and drawings, manuals for fabrication and assembly.
Under director and founder Dennis Hong, RoMeLA started project DARwIn (that’s Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligent) in 2003 to study human locomotion and humanoid robot design. DARwIn 1 was introduced in 2004 and was a revolutionary humanoid robot prototype at the time, and was followed by several incarnations since. 

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