Mission Objective: Code Misty to navigate an obstacle course – autonomously!
Mission Type: Competitive
Capabilities Exercised: Robust Locomotion, Obstacle Avoidance
Proof of Completion & Rewards: Share your skill in the forums and post a video of Misty navigating the obstacle course for a chance to win great prizes!
Round 1: 10/18/2019 - 11/15/2019
An important part of developing for Misty is solving for unconstrained inputs in your skill code. Misty can sense and interact with elements of the environment that are, in most cases, outside your control. How you code Misty to handle these inputs is an exciting challenge of developing for a robot platform.
For Misty, a robot who can drive around on her own, the problem of unconstrained inputs pops up any time you want to navigate the robot from one place to another. For example, imagine Misty is on a solo cruise down the halls of your office building. Without warning, her time-of-flight sensors pick up a large new obstacle in her path: A human foot. It’s not unheard of – after all, she does share this space with dozens of unpredictable bipeds. The question is, how does Misty react? Does she swerve in a graceful arc around the shoe? Or does she stop, confused, to admire your coworker’s clogs and ponder the meaning of chaos in the universe?
As an exercise in solving this kind of problem – and an opportunity to get familiar with Misty’s hazards system and locomotion commands – we’d like you to code an autonomous locomotion skill for Misty.
Use Misty’s locomotion commands, data from her sensors, and her built-in hazards system to write a skill that allows your robot to effectively roam her environment, avoiding any obstacles that appear in her path. Then, use your skill to have Misty autonomously navigate a homemade obstacle course. Construct your course from furniture, boxes, ledges, ramps, and any other robot hazards you can imagine. Share a video of Misty running through your obstacle course on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, or wherever you’d like, and post a link in this thread. (Don’t forget to share your project on social media with the #MistyMissions tag!)
- Misty must autonomously navigate your obstacle course. That means no human intervention, and no manual driving via Misty’s REST API or Command Center.
- Your obstacle course can be as simple or complex as you’d like. Keep in mind that submissions will be judged by creativity and complexity!
- Share your skill code in the Misty Skills section of these forums
- Post a link to a video of Misty navigating your obstacle course in a reply to this post
Entries for Round 1 must be in by midnight MST on November 15, 2019. The Misty team will use the following criteria to choose the winner:
- Effectiveness of navigation (how long did it take to complete the course, did Misty get stuck, how many times)
- Complexity of obstacle course
- Creativity of solution
While there are a number of approaches to developing autonomous navigation, Misty’s built-in hazards system (and the
HazardNotification event type) provide a lot of the basic behaviors and data you’ll want to use. For an introduction to this system and Misty’s locomotion capabilities, check out the training mission that’s paired with this challenge.
Hit a roadblock? Find a bug? Have feedback? Let us know! As Misty’s earliest developers, you are the real superstars on the journey to making personal robots a reality. Your creativity makes all this possible, and we’re eager to hear your feedback. Reply to this post to start a conversation with a member of the Misty team.