The walking robotics work can be divided into two different categories: individual robots and the group project. Each year WE Bots hosts a competition for members to show their walking robots and compete on a course. The course changes as robots improve, offering a new challenge every year. As well the group is working toward building a human sized biped walker as an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned from the competitions.
There are currently two aerial robotics groups working within WE Bots to create a flying robot. They are required to navigate a course, avoiding obstacles and traps to recover a target and return to the start within a time limit.
The Waterloo “Robot Racing” Autonomous Racing Challenge is an annual competition to build an
autonomous robot to compete in a 30m drag race and a circuit track with four robots racing head-to-head. Both
competitions take place on track with a minimum width of 2m and both edges of the course are lined with orange
pylons spaced 50 centimeters to 1 meter apart. For more information about the competition, please visit the
robot racing website at www.robotracing.org
The Mechatronics competition is an annual competition for the students enrolled in the fourth year Mechatronics design course (MME 487A). The instructor of this course, Michael D. Naish, was kind enough to let the WE Bots robotics club enter the competition for fun. Each year the Mechatronic System Design course assigns the students a term project that produces a mechatronic device. This challenging project gives the students the opportunity to use integration of mechanical, electrical, control and computing technologies in order to "optimize" product performance. Typically, the project involves: product design; system modeling; sensors and transducers; measurement systems; mechanical and electrical actuation systems; micro controllers; and intelligent control.