The World Cup Robot Soccer will be held in China from 17 to 23 July. The TU/e robot soccer team will be defending their title there and the care robot team hope to improve last year’s second place.
Prolonging their world title will be no mean feat for the robot soccer team. "Our competition has stepped up their game. Surely, they’ll have improved their passing skills", expects team coach and Mechanical Engineering student Lotte de Koning.
The rules of the game have been changed, but this may be advantageous for Tech United, the Eindhoven team, as they are known for their technical and tactical skills. Last year, the team improved on many aspects to stay ahead of competition. The through ball has been improved on a software level, as has the ‘quick pass’. The team also switched to higher-capacity batteries that charge faster.
The care robots have been developed further as well, the greatest advantage being the robots can now work together.
The teams and their robots will leave for megacity Hefei from Schiphol Airport on 14 July. After a couple of days to prepare, matches will start on 19 July. Finals are scheduled for 22 July.
Source: Studio040; www.cursor.tue.nl