First Robotics – FIRST POWER UP Teaser Video.
2018 First Robotics Competition Receives a Great Ultrasonic Sensor
MaxBotix is pleased to announce its participation in the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition game – FIRST® POWER UP! This year we are giving each team one of our best ultrasonic proximity sensors, the MB1013-000 MaxSonar Sensor from our HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ line.
Using sound, this ultrasonic rangefinder measures distance for you, helping to simplify your automation process. We want to give teams an excellent, easy to use sensor for their project, and we feel this is one of the best ultrasonics for the job.
The MB1013-00 was featured in Sensor Portal Magazine and was awarded one of the Top Ten Sensor Products of 2012. This sensor ranges from 30 cm (with virtually no dead zone) to 500 cm.
This small, lightweight sensor is designed for easy integration into your project, and it is a great starting point for beginners. This sensor also has excellent noise rejection, and it works well in an environment where multiple robots are present. Take a look at our data sheet for more information on this sensor’s specs!
What is FIRST Robotics Competition?
FIRST’s website describes it this way:
“Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.”
To successfully complete their missions in the 2018 FRC, the robots need high-performance rangefinders that can operate without interference in multiple sensor environments. Each alliance has robots on the field, and so does the opposing team. This means there is a lot of potential interference from other sensors around them. Our line of HRLV-MaxSonar-EZ sensors offers superior cross-talk and interference rejection. This lets the robots navigate the course even with other sensors being used next to it.
How the FIRST POWER UP Game is Setup.
New to Ultrasonics?
No Problem! Jump over to our MaxSonar Quick-Start Guide to help get you get started with the basics.
Also, you can read our article on Direction and Distance to a Pole to learn how to use triangulation with your robot. While a single ultrasonic sensor provides information to the nearest obstacles, it does not tell you exactly where they are. Triangulation using multiple ultrasonic sensors helps your robot know exactly where the obstacles and goals are to help you succeed in the 2018 FRC.
FIRST contestants, we proudly support all teams in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. If you find yourself in need of more information about your MaxSonar sensor, we at MaxBotix are more than happy to help you. Please call us or email our technical support team at [email protected].