A robotics competition in the Estonian capital Tallinn is aiming inspire the next generation of engineers.
Around 1,500 competitors together with 650 robots gathered at Tallinn’s University of Technology to battle it out in various events. Robotex 15 the beginning of December is one of the biggest competitions in Europe, but it’s not all about winning, according to Karl Laasik, the Robotex project manager:
“We like to think of ourselves as a festival, as a robot festival. We have different workshops, technology exhibition, and creative contests as well.”
One exhibit features robots playing football on a small pitch. The machines are programmed to find the brightly coloured ball and shoot it into the net. Each robot is a fully autonomous machine that carries its own energy source, movement mechanisms, and control systems.
Another display feature self-driving model cars racing round a twisting circuit.
Around 15,000 people were expected to visit the exhibition.
The youngest competitor at the exhibition was just thirteen years old.