The University of Bonn's Team NimbRo has developed an open-source robot platform for RoboCup's TeenSize league (Photo: Felix Oprean)
The NimbRo-OP stands three feet tall, weighs 14.5 pounds, and has 20 degrees of freedom powered by Robotis servos (Photo: Felix Oprean)
Team NimbRo hopes that by providing an open-source hardware platform, more universities will compete in RoboCup's TeenSize league (Photo: Felix Oprean)
Building a large robot like the NimbRo-OP has proven a daunting task for many university labs, with just five teams qualified for the division at RoboCup 2012 (Photo: Felix Oprean)
The NimbRo-OP comes with software for recognizing the soccer ball and performing the necessary skills to play the game (Photo: Felix Oprean)
The NimbRo-OP prototype generated considerable enthusiasm among RoboCup teams when it was first presented at RoboCup 2012 (Photo: Felix Oprean)
RoboCup soccer provides a fascinating window into the current state-of-the-art in robotics and artificial intelligence. However, building robots much taller than a garden gnome has proven a daunting requirement for university labs with limited budgets and experience. Just five teams qualified to compete in the mid-range TeenSize category this year, for robots three to four feet (95-120 cm) tall. A new open-source hardware platform from the University of Bonn's Team NimbRo fills the gap for newcomers and veterans alike.
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