by Vaibhav Bahadur and Donald Lam | Photo Credits: Donald Lam | Also Contributing: James Lam | 30 March 2014
We paid a visit to the M2 Robotics lab when we interviewed Chim and Rita last semester for their work on the Team HKU Atlas.
Not hidden on purpose but unnoticed by thousands of HKU students passing by every day, the student run lab is hidden behind a turn along the steps from Pokfulam Road to the Composite Building elevators.
A Tour: The lab that never existed
The team joined the Robocon competition this year. The theme of the 2014 Robocon is parenthood, so all tasks simulate playground activities for children with the help of a parent robot.
The team made exact prop replicas to prepare for the tasks:
By the expression on that box; someone definitely had a burst of creativity and put in some time to decorate the 3D printer in the lab.
Chim Lee attaching together newly printed 3D pieces. The wonder of 3D printing: assembly complete in less than a minute.
A software simulation of a quadcopter on the powerful Gazebo software on Linux. Gazebo can do all kinds of robotics simulation, even the DRC Atlas uses it to test run new code.
The M2 Robotics lab is funded by the Mechanical Engineering Department. McDonalds takeaway not included.
A second year student in Computer Science at HKU. He owns a Nokia phone and is a bit of a Microsoft fanboy in denial.
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