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Today was our first full setup day. As the first “Technical Challenges” as well as an “official test match” will take place tomorrow, we have a lot of stuff to test and a bunch of bugs to fix. Recently, our hardware turned out to be a bottleneck, as most of our robots are quite battered after many test kilometers in our lab. Fortunately, the “NAOclinic” opened today and started to repair all teams’ robots. Our first robots will be back in training soon. We hope to perform with full strength in tomorrows competitions.
After 3 hours of driving, the first B-Humanista arrived at about 1pm in Eindhoven. First task, for everyone was to check in at the hotel before coming to the RoboCup area where the last team member arrived at 4pm. We then prepared our robots for the first tests which are to be performed this evening. That is the so called “Open Challenge”, which is a small additional competition each team can participate in voluntarily. Our contribution to this challenge will be a corner shoot which currently does not exist as an official rule. This competition takes place on Wednesday whereas the preliminary rounds for the main competition start on Thursday.
Tommorrow we are starting: We packed our bags for the road trip to Eindhoven – about 340 KM from Bremen. After already having to manage the crises of a short dated broken car, we are now ready and well prepared for the trip. 14 robots, 9 students and 3 supervisors are looking forward to the next 8 days in Eindhoven. We wish all teams a pleasant journey and a successful competition.
The final day is over now, and it has kept its promises! But first things first:
In the first game of the day we met in the semifinals on RoboEireann and thus our former team member Jeff. Our robots were similarly dominant as in in the preliminary round, we won with 17-0. The high result was possible, because in the finals, the time is stopped when the game breaks. By eliminating the “mercy-rule” which stated that a game with a goal difference of 10 is aborted, two records could be broken: The highest victory and the longest game in the history of the GermanOpen.
But things got really exciting in the final. We met the team HTWK Leipzig with whom we have a long cultivated friendship. They solve different things very differently than we do, and of course we were very excited to see what techniques will prevail. And so the game began with a shock: For the first time in the tournament, we got into a residue! By half time we were able to compensate and with a final score of 7-2, the game was finally clearly decided by us. This game was still exciting like no other and it was a lot of fun for us and the audience. Leibzig could also reveal many weaknesses in our game, they were a really great final opponents.
We’re all very tired and happy, but there is not much time to rest: our learned experiences will be incorporated into our software, so we can compete well prepared in the World Cup in Eindhoven in two months!