LatenceTech as sponsored the Zeus Robotics team of University of Sherbrooke whom just won the 2021 Canadian International Rover Challenge! Congratulations to the team! we are proud of you! you will soon be great engineers!
Link to the Canadian International Rover Challenge (see link here)
Team and Rover in action!
Preparing the rover for the competition!
The rover in action at the event!
Q: How did the idea to present your Rover to the championship come about? your sources of inspiration?
A: The rover’s presentation to the championship comes from on a long desire of the the UofSherbrooke Robotics technical group to participate in this event. Then this desire was materialized with the confirmation from our professors and fact that the participation could be included as part of our graduation project.
Q: During the process of creating your rover, what was the challenge that surprised you?
A: The biggest challenge in creating the rover was the tight deadline! specially when it came to planning and executing the multiple design iterations and make time for testing phases.
Q: If you had to redesign and rebuild this machine, what would you change?
A: One of the big change to be made would be to reduce the mass of the robot to increase maneuverability and lose as few points as possible in the contest! We would to increase the robustness of the robotic arm.
Q: Has latency been an issue in the efficiency and responsiveness of the robotics mechanism? Can the performance of your robot be related to the level of the degree of latency?
A: Latency was a major issue in the development of our communication system; indeed, the robot was piloted remotely sometimes even from good distances. The loss of signal or too much latency reduced our performance and the actions that could be taken. Low latency combined with high bandwidth speed would be a real advantage for us. The need of low latency depends on the mission and the use you want to make of the robot, but for decentralization of calculations and control, this feature will be essential in the future.
Next steps… testing the rover with 5G connectivity!
LatenceTech has invited the team to test their rover with 5G optimized low-latency connectivity in the coming weeks. We will post the results on this blog.