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A group of freelance geeks working on the harder robot problems.
Currently reworking the idea of perception form planer to spherical.

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Welcome to the home of Max the SV-ROS entry into the 2016 Nasa Sample Robot Return Challenge.

We were the first team to do a level 2 run over the Labor Day weekend 2016. This is a one and done event.

We came annoyingly close to being in the money. Overall got 2nd place by getting 3 points on the platform.

We might even had been in the money if WPI put the pre-cache where they said they were going to.

To give you an idea of what an achieve this was/is for the Maxed-Out team.

Team Maxed-out:

▪ did better than 40+ other teams that attempted this challenge.

▪ beat teams that had 5 years of experience, we only started this last year.

▪ had no funding and built two bases from the ground up

▪ did this with really only 4 people part time, we all have day jobs not related to robots.

▪ used only open sourced software and common hardware.

▪ able to ship our robot cross country disassembled.

Now trying to figure out what to do with the 2 bases we have. If you have any ideas please let us know.

Sincerely,

Greg Maxwell

Check out our Video from the Event. Thanks Girts.

About

A group of freelance geeks working on the harder robot problems.
Currently reworking the idea of perception form planer to spherical.

History

2013
It all started in Late 2013 when my wife and I started the SV-ROS Meetup. A Silicon Valley based Robot Operating System Meeting of “Birds of a feather” as a spin off of the Home Brew Robotics club. We meet the week before the HBRC last Wednesday of the moth.

The first SV-ROS meeting was at the Hacker Dojo, Wednesday November 20th 2013, and was very well attended about 34 people came and checked it out. Lots of interest and even a few of the OSRF folks showed up. This was amazing a very specific topic had so much interest and people in the area to attend. If we tried the meeting in Orange County where I was working with the RoboSub vehicle I would have had maybe 5 if we were lucky.

2014
We had a few training session on how to do ROS on BeagleBoneBlacks, The Raspberry Pis did not have enough horsepower at that time to run ROS.  But to keep people interested we needed a “Project”.  Mardi found the Microsoft Kinect challenge which was Sept 15th 2014 in Chicago. The group was verify interested. So we spent the summer hacking away and  we won First Place and a $5,000 prize. I did not even remember there was award money. That night in our hotel room,  we wondered what to do next. Mardi again, found the NASA Centennial Challenge. Sample return robot Challenge SRRC. Which in hindsight turned out to be a lot of work and money.