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KCGI team participated in ET Robocon National Contest

KCGI team demonstrating a robot patrolling a nursing home
KCGI team demonstrating a robot patrolling a nursing home

The championship of the 2016 ET Robot Contest was held in Yokohama, Japan on November 16, and the team of Mr. Yuusaki Ohashi and Mr. Satoshi Kojima, who study at Kyoto College of Computer Science and Graduate Institute of Information (KCGI), participated in the "Innovator Division".The KCGI team participated with the team name of "Helping Old People's Home" and made a presentation of the robot "Eagle 113" which patrols the old people's home at night.Eagle 113" is a robot that patrols the corridors along a designated route at night when there is not enough manpower to make a full patrol, and when it finds a fallen resident, it notifies the staff member's smartphone.The team won the Kansai preliminary round held in September and challenged the championship aiming at the victory.

In a six-minute presentation, the team showed a penguin puppet as a fallen inmate, and the robot detected and alerted the inmate. They also demonstrated how to hit the robot with an umbrella to demonstrate the robot's durability and ease of repair.Although the team unfortunately did not win in the final judging, they received positive comments from the judges, such as "This is a development that has a social need in today's aging society," "It has a good point of view and has the potential to be developed into a business," and "It is very good that it can be easily repaired even if it breaks," showing the innovator power of the team and KCGI to the entire nation.

The ET Robot Contest is a nationwide robotics competition held annually since 2002, in which young and mid-level engineers compete in the fields of software, modeling, and robot control technology, with the aim of developing world-leading engineers.The "Innovator Division" competes in the ability of innovators to plan and develop robots that solve problems by setting up their own problems, and the ideas for planning, robot design, implementation, and presentation skills are evaluated.

The team having a meeting with the advisor, KCGI Associate Professor Keiji Emi
The team having a meeting with the advisor, KCGI Associate Professor Keiji Emi
We aimed at the victory with the robot
We aimed at the victory with the robot "Eagle 113" of our own making!
The championship venue where the audience was excited by the robot's every move.
The championship venue where the audience was excited by the robot's every move.

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