Meet The Robots
SmallSizeHolland’s robots are the result of years of design, innovation, and development by a multidisciplinary team. So far there have been four generations of robots which have been worked on.
Gen1 was a try-out to see if it was feasible for Saxion to compete in Small Size League soccer. Gen1 was made entirely by a group of computer science students. The robots were made mostly out of 3D-printed parts and communicated via radio-frequencies (NRF). Gen1 robots only had a dribbler and a kicker.
During the development of Gen2 robots an electrical engineer joined the team. This allowed the team to create a custom motherboard for the robot.
The team also added a chipper to the system and built the dribbler motor in the dribbler itself. Gen2 robots are powered by an mbed. The Gen2 robots started using the iconic Small Size League hoods.
Finally some mechanical engineers joined the team for Gen3. This allowed Small Size Holland to completely redesign the robot. The robots changed to a four wheel robot instead of a three wheel design. The redesigned hood was almost twice as light as the Gen2 hood.
The mechanical engineers also made the robots more modular, making it easier to repair robots. In Gen3 custom solenoids were implemented. The mbed from Gen2 robots got switched out for a custom micro-controller with a dual core and FPGA. The robots also switched to WiFi for communication instead of NRF.
The current generation is Gen4. Small Size Holland decided to switch back to three wheels after learning much about the four wheel design. The frame is made out of a strong and durable plastic in order to reduce weight. During the development of the Gen3 robots the mechanical engineers focused on modularity whereas for Gen4 it was up to the electrical engineers to focus on modularity. The hood also got a redesign by our industrial product designer.