Students at the University of Adelaide Australia have created a foosball force to be reckoned with –
Engineering students from The University of Adelaide have taken out the top award in their final-year mechatronics project competition, with an automated foosball table capable of kicking human opposition â€˜off the parkâ€™. Comprising a motion sensor system, software written by the student team for decision-making, and a precision actuation system for manipulation of the controls, the automated game proved to be stiff competition.
A 96-pinhole camera and LED sensor grid system was used to keep track of the ballâ€™s position on the table. This information was read into the AI software via a digital I/O card, with decisions on movement commands fed into the SoftLogix platform. Since both the AI and SoftLogix software were housed on the same PC, communications were all handled using PC memory. â€œThis meant that there was no need for additional PLC hardware,â€ said Sageâ€™s Koulianos, â€œHere youâ€™ve got SERCOS communications to the servo system coming straight out of the PC.â€