first off: This is not (yet) an official rule change, just something we were prompted to think about by posts here in the forum (specifically Draft rules for RoboCupJunior Soccer 2022 released - #10 by stiebel) . Should a proposal like this go forward we would try to run it as a technical challenge in 2022 and depending on how it goes maybe include it in the 2023 rules.
Omnivision cameras are no longer significantly expensive (fisheye lenses for smartphones are available at around 15US$ and will fit most camera modules). Therefore we are thinking about dropping the requirement for teams to manufacture their own mirrors to achieve 360° field of view.
At the same time to keep it interesting one idea is to allow 360° for only one of the robots and restrict the other robot to something like 140° horizontal FoV so that there is something to be gained from tactically looking the right direction and/or sending information from the all-seeing robot to the other one.
What do you think?
Allowing of commercially available optical components
- Yes, please allow buying optical components (mirrors, lenses, camera modules with large FoV)
- Don’t care either way
- No, please continue to require teams make mirrors themselves
- Something else (please post your suggestions if you choose this option)
Restriction of one robot to a smaller field of view
- Yes, go ahead, one 360° and one 140° FoV seem like a good idea
- Yes but different: Please choose different fields of view for the robots (please post your suggestion below if you choose this option)
- No, please let us have 360° on both robots
- No, please restrict both robots’ FoV to less than 360°
Any other feedback and/or ideas on this topic or other aspects of the rules are always welcome, we do read all it.