Segway CMBalance Robot Soccer Player
CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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The Segway LLC company has provided a robust mobility platform on which to research humanrobot coordination in an adversarial environment. The Segway Human Transporter HT is a one person dynamically self-balancing transportation vehicle. The Segway Robot Mobility Platform RMP is a modification of the Human Transporter capable of being programmed for autonomous operation. With these platforms, humanrobot coordination is being investigated through the competitive game, Segway Soccer. The game is played between robots RMPs and humans riding HTs, who can be teammates or opponents. The rules of the game are a combination of soccer and ultimate Frisbee rules. This paper describes the design of the mechanical systems necessary to allow the Segway RMP to safely and effectively play a competitive game of Segway Soccer along with humans. Specifically, the challenge of designing a soccer ball manipulationkicking system is described in depth.