After all the hours spent in the Robotics laboratory, the day of visiting the outside world arrived. The Epoxsea crew finally left the lab to search for several tools and equipment to further facilitate the progress of the construction of the ROV. Our stop for the day was the Golden Computer Arcade of Sham Shui Po. As the name suggests, a plethora of electronic hardware and devices can be purchased from the Golden Computer Arcade. Ranging from flashy LED keyboards to miniscule microprocessors, custom motherboards to second-hand devices, they can all be found if you look hard enough. To get the best bang for the buck, one would have to visit multiple shops and compare prices to find the best deal. After getting a hold of the required items, we ventured back to the depths of our laboratory, waiting to see sunlight once again.
Just like last year, Epoxsea Inc. and Jesuit Robotics Team set aside a date to have a nice little Skype session to discuss one thing we are both passionate about: ROVs! It might have taken a while for all of us to fit into the screen and break the ice but soon we went on to asking each other some ‘personal questions’ (which surprisingly wasn’t that awkward at all!), after exchanging advice and information about the competition, of course. Business before pleasure ;D. It was certainly a fun way to start the morning/evening.
We managed to not only come in 3rd place world wide out of 600 teams, but also received the Sharkpedo award for out of the box design thinking. Additionally Rayan Armani won the individual award for most passion for the industry. Johannes Jaeger won the individual award casino for being the most valuable presenter. It was certainly worth all the delays and flight rebooking and endless hours of slaving away in the lab, and sweating in the non ventilated indoor pool 😀
After our second cancellation, the majority of the epoxsea crew is still stuck in Toronto, some of us have been here since 46 hours and counting … Hopefully we will be arriving in St. John after a 70 hour odyssey.
The entire Epoxsea crew is now officially on the way to St. Johns, with everyone flying an average of 38 hours and 10,258 miles (each way), I think we are a strong candidate for the team, which travels the longest/furthest for the competition.
The MATE international ROV competition heads back to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada June 25-27, 2015! The mission times of our teams are Mission 1: 26 June 11:00am (26 June 9:00pm HK Time) Mission 2: 26 June 2:30pm (27June 12:30am HK Time) Mission 3: 27 June 10:30 am (27 June 8:30pm HK Time) Notes: due to tight schedule, the mission time may be postponed a little bit. Each mission task takes 30 mins. You are welcome to support us through the live video in the following link: http://www.marinetech.org/live-videostream/
After having packed and unpacked our lab and robot almost three times, we are finally done packing and fitting out robot and lab into this year’s, relatively small crate. And it is not long before the rest of the team is flying out. Good luck everyone else, looking forward to meeting everyone in St. John’s next week.
We have done it again!!! Endless hours in the lab, countless sleepless nights have finally paid off. Last weekend team EPOXSEA won the 1st place in the Hong Kong, Asia Regional, the qualifier for the 2015 MATE ROV International competition. It is confirmed we are going to St. John, Canada in June. Even though we faced several problems during the competition, our thorough preparation and training prepared us well for all the problems we faced. A huge thanks to all our supporters, sponsors and mentors, without you this would not have been possible
Team Epoxsea is proud to be presenting this years ROV, the Stingray. After endless hours of editing the technical documentation we have finally submitted it, and are a step closer to the Asia regionals, which are happening in Hong Kong next weekend. PS: If you want to see the machine come and support us in Tsuen Kwan O Swimming Pool. For more details visit www.rovcontest.hk
It has been a while that we have updated our website. Long hours in the lab and pool are the main reason for this. Over the past several weeks we have been working hard on completing the technical documentation for the competition, as well as spending long hours in the pool to train the control and poolside crew.