RoboMaster, a yearly robotics competition for aspiring young engineers and University students, concluded its 2018 competition at the Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China. The winning team from the South China University of Technology took home the gold trophy along with RMB 500,000 (approximately $73,000 USD) as the grand prize. Close to 200 teams and close to 10,000 young engineers from around the world signed up for the 2018 RoboMaster competition, with 32 teams battling it out in the final round.
Sponsored and supported by DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, RoboMaster is an annual robotics competition for teams of aspiring engineers to design and build next-generation robots to compete for supremacy on the RoboMaster battlefield. RoboMaster has gained popularity among the engineering community and has provided a world stage for University students to pursue their passion in science and technology, and to showcase their talent.
“We’re truly proud of the dedication and hard work from all the teams and we congratulate the winning teams for putting on such an amazing performance,” said Shuo Yang, RoboMaster Project Manager. “By combining innovative engineering, gamification and entertainment into an action-packed event, RoboMaster has become a yearly anticipated robotics competition for young engineers and roboticists around the world. The competition is also a great platform for young, aspiring engineers to celebrate their talent and achievements. What students learned throughout the competition will allow them to expand their creative vision and develop solutions that could one day have real-world applications.”
The RoboMaster final competitions were aired on Twitch.tv, bringing this electrifying event online to global audiences. More than 990,000 online viewers were tuned in from over 30 countries.
“It has been an exciting and fruitful experience for the team in the past 9 months. RoboMaster gave us the opportunity to put theoretical learning into practice, play with cool technology and create something that was real. To see our robots come to life and be able to compete with so many different team is an amazing feeling,” said Wenhui Chen, captain of the South China University of Technology.
Coming in second place is the team from Northeastern University and in third place China University of Mining and Technology. The teams received RMB 300,000 and RMB 100,000, respectively. Other participants that competed in 2018 RoboMaster included teams from the University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia Tech, Fukuoka University, Nanyang Technological University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to name a few.
Currently in its fourth year, RoboMaster has attracted interests from overseas students in the engineering and robotics community. Teams participating in this year’s competition included students from China, United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. The competition received support from partners including Twitch, Zhong An Insurance, HSBC, Analog Devices and Infineon.
More information about RoboMaster is available here: https://www.robomaster.
Published at Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:47:01 +0000
AT&T is taking part in a proof of concept with Softbox to test connected medical payloads carried by drones. The goal? Successfully and safely deliver temperature-sensitive medicines using drones.
An LTE-connected drone carrying Softbox’s thermal-insulated packaging system “Skypod,” which includes a smartbox powered by AT&T’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology, successfully completed demonstration flights. The field trial with Merck, the pharmaceutical company, took place in locations across Puerto Rico. Softbox, based in the UK, provides specialist temperature control packaging to the pharmaceutical industry.
“Merck is pleased to collaborate on this innovative new model for delivering medicines to patients in areas affected by natural disasters,” said Brenda Colatrella, executive director, Corporate Responsibility at Merck. “We’re proud of our long history of expanding access to our medicines and vaccines and collaborating to provide humanitarian assistance. The drone test flights give us hope that we will be able to provide a reliable supply of our medicines for disaster.”
AT&T’s IoT technology tracks the Skypod with data viewed on a web and mobile app dashboard. The data includes near-real time external and internal temperatures of the box and its location. Light exposure data helps signal if there is box tampering during daylight, by determining if the box is open or closed.
The dashboard app will flash alerts to help drive appropriate action. For example, it will send an alert if there is a change to the temperature range of 2°C to 8°C. It will also send an alert if the drone goes outside of defined geofencing parameters.
AT&T and Softbox have adapted the Skypod from a connected flask prototype developed in the AT&T Foundry, which they showcased earlier this year. The AT&T Foundry is a network of innovation centers that collaborates with startups, technology providers and enterprises to move ideas to market faster through rapid prototyping. It moved the IoT sensors that track temperature and location from the lid of the original prototype and fit them into the smartbox.
“We’re proud to be working with AT&T in this dynamic, industry-first trial. The connected Skypod could be rapidly deployed globally in times of humanitarian disaster relief,” said Softbox Technical Director Richard Wood.
The connection that makes it possible
The AT&T Global SIM and AT&T Control Center connect and manage the Skypod’s sensor data transmission. The web and mobile app reporting dashboard uses the AT&T Asset Management Operations Center.
The drone is also connected to the AT&T network, providing a communications path for flight plan and telemetry data between the drone and ground control system.
Last year, AT&T deployed the helicopter Flying COW (Cell on Wings, cell site on a drone) in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. It was the first time a drone had been used to connect residents with their mobile phone services after a disaster.
“With the 2018 hurricane season upon us, we are thinking about the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year. This trial is a fantastic example of ‘IoT for Good,’ showcasing that it’s possible for connected medical drones to deliver vital medicines to people in times of disaster,” said AT&T Region President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, John Vladimir Slamecka.
To learn more about AT&T IoT solutions, go to www.business.att.com/solutions/Portfolio/internet-of-things/.
Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.
We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.
For more information about Softbox and its innovative packaging, visit www.softboxsystems.com
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Published at Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:00:24 +0000