The Festival Nacional de Robótica (Portuguese Robotics Open) is an initiative of Portuguese Society of Robotics which aims at promoting Science and Technology among students from the 1st grade to university studies, as well among the general public, through robot competitions.
This year the Festival took place in Lisbon (IST) and I and Francisco Purdom participated on it with Magabot, a robotics platform developed by Artica, IdMind and Mapa das Ideias:
They invited me to participate on the competition called Condução Autónoma (Autonomous Driving) - Rookies. The challenge was to make the robot drive a road, in a very similar way to an automobile, respecting the roads and the lines, in the fastest time possible.
There were lots of very good participants:
Of course, I used my app ComputerOnWheelsController, which I had just created (feel free to download and try it). The specific code for the contest was done in just 3 or 4 days.
It was coding until the start of the rounds, but in the end we got a third place.
I would like to say a special "thank you" to André Almeida from Artica and Paulo Alvito from IdMind for all the help provided and for the fantastic opportunity they provided me :)