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Experiencing "Deep Space": a VR Project Update

Nov 16, 2018 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager

Playing Field

 

This page hosts links to a variety of ways FIRST Robotics Competition® community can experience the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACESM Presented By The Boeing Company playing field.

FIRST is so grateful to the supporters that created these assets!

Experience deep space…

Jump to details here.

 

… through video

 

Game Animation

see the field in the context of how the game plays

Drone Footage

brief aerial video of the field

 

 

 

 

 

Field Tour Videos

details of the field in a series of short, live-action videos

 

 

 

 

… on your computer

Simulation

import your robot model and simulate your code

 

Official CAD Models

download the FIRST CAD models

Photoreal Imagery

explore a detailed photo scan of a live field

 

CAD Imagery

explore a photoreal CAD field model

 

 

   

 

Measure It

check field point to point field dimensions

 

… on your mobile device

 

(and perhaps with your Siemens cardboard viewer)

 

 

 

Photoreal Imagery

explore a detailed scan of a live field

Scale VR Model

see a virtual field on your table top or in your parking lot

CAD Imagery

explore a photoreal CAD field model

 

 

 

 

 

Measure It

check field point to point field dimensions

 

… with a VR headset

 

HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

immerse yourself in deep space

 

Microsoft Hololens

immerse yourself in deep space

 

HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

immerse yourself in deep space

 

… with your own scale model

 

3D Print

download files to 3D print a 20:1 scale field

 

 

 

 

 

...in 2 dimensions

   

WPI's Photo Album

browse photographs of the field

NASA’s Photo Album

browse photographs of the field

   
   

Official Field Drawings

download the full drawing package

     
 

 
Automation Direct’s 3D Printable Field

 

Description: AutomationDirect’s animation team converted the animation models into 3D printable models, 20:1, for you. This is the “playing field” for the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) game for 2019. These models are not intended to be accurate representations of the actual field – please do not use them for ANY game, rule or ‘build’ decisions. These models have been highly modified from the actual field drawings to make them easy to 3D print and assemble and to give the general appearance of the actual field. All parts should fit together, but that depends heavily on printer accuracy. Hopefully, they are close enough that you can file things down a little if needed.

Files are organized in three batches: one batch with components used from season to season, a second batch with components specific to the 2019 season, and a third batch with the robots from the 2019 animation. 

To paraphrase from the Latin – Caveat Printor! Let the printer beware!

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

- Computer (at least to download and extract zipped files)

- 3D Printer (developers use a low-end RepRap 3D Printer, so any printer you have should be able to print at least as well)

- Filament (developers used PLA)

PreKickoff Prep Download last year’s field to test using this link (link automatically downloads)
On/After Kickoff Use

Download this year’s field to test using this link (link will be updated immediately after Kickoff)

Hardware Platform

n/a

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models via animation models

Download Size

~1MB

Open Source

Yes

Interactivity

Yes

Multi-user

Yes

 

 

Automation Direct's Game Animation

Detailed Description:

Enjoy the official game animation for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company come Saturday, January 5, 2019.

The  purpose of this video is to show the intent of the game, not to replace, supersede the official manual, drawings, or other FIRST official assets. 

Got animation skills? Want to learn? Check out the Digital Animation Award competition here.

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

Web browser

PreKickoff Prep

View the 2018 game animation here.

On/After Kickoff Use

View the 2019 game animation here (link pending).

Hardware Platform

Computer or mobile device

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

Official FIRST CAD models

Download Size

n/a

Open Source

No

Interactivity

No

Multi-user

No

 

 

AutomationDirect’s HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

Description: Enjoy immersing yourself in the 2019 field. Explore all aspects of the field and interact with game elements. 

 

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

- HTC Vive or Vive Pro

or

- Oculus Rift

PreKickoff Prep

Try the VR field they published for the 2018 season. Details are here.

On/After Kickoff Use Find details here (link pending).

Hardware Platform

HTC Vive/Vive Pro or Oculus Rift VR Headset

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

Yes

Interactivity

Navigate the model, interact with game elements

Multi-user

Yes

 

 

FIRST Drone Footage

Details pending.

 

More Info: 

Hardware Platform

 

Offline Use

 

Content Source

FIRST official live field

Download Size

 

Open Source

 

Interactivity

No

Multi-user

No

 

 

 

FIRST Official Field Drawings

Description: Peruse 2-dimensional drawings created from the official FIRST CAD models.

Note, links automatically download and currently point to 2018 content. They will be updated to download 2019 encrypted content shortly before Kickoff and will be updated to link to 2019 unencrypted content immediately after Kickoff.

 

More Info: 

Hardware Platform

Computer or mobile device

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official live field

Download Size

Varies, see above

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

 

FIRST Official CAD Models

Description: 3-dimensional models of field parts and assemblies. Modeled in SOLIDWORKS. 

Note, links automatically download. Links currently point to 2018 content, will be updated to download 2019 encrypted content shortly before Kickoff, and will be updated to link to 2019 unencrypted content immediately after Kickoff.

 

More Info:

Hardware Platform

Computer

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

Microsoft Hololens by NASA

Detailed Description: Explorable full-scale AR/VR models of an official live field in which users can enjoy simultaneous collaborative experiences, dynamic object simulation, and co-registered model viewing.

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

HoloLens

PreKickoff Prep

Pending

On/After Kickoff Use

Pending

Hardware Platform

Microsoft Hololens

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

NASA’s photoreal scan of a live field

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Manipulate game pieces, move around the space

Multi-user

Yes

 

 

NASA’s Photoreal Imagery

Detailed Description: Virtually explore (pan and zoom) a 360°, high-resolution image of a live field in a web app. You can also view the field using a stand alone app on a smartphone (including download and view offline). The user can view the field at full scale. 

Note: Not all Web browsers support viewing 360-degree videos and images. Best viewed in Google Chrome.​

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

- Computer

or

- Mobile Device with internet access

PreKickoff Prep

Content pending.

On/After Kickoff Use

Click here. (URL to be updated immediately after Kickoff)

Hardware Platform

Computer or Mobile Device

Offline Use

Web app: No

Smartphone app: Yes

Content Source

NASA’s photoreal scan of a live official field

Download Size

n/a

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Pan, Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

Photo Albums

Download photos taken by Brad Miller of WPI of a live 2019 field here (link pending, will automatically download folder, download size TBD).

 

More Info:   

PreKickoff Prep See his photos from the 2018 season here (automatically downloads a 440 MB folder).

Hardware Platform

Computer or mobile device

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official live field

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactive

Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

Download photos taken by Dave Lavery of NASA of a live 2019 field here (link pending, will automatically download folder, download size TBD).

 

More Info: 

Hardware Platform

Computer or mobile device

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official live field

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactive

Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

PTC’s Scalable Model

Description: Use the Vuforia mobile device platform, compatible with Android/iOS, to view the 2019 field at a scale convenient for your circumstances. You can use your mobile device by itself or use it in a viewer like Siemens’ cardboard.

  • Visualize the field at different scales: for example, table top size or full room size, anchored in the
  • room so you can walk around it and inspect it.
  • Visualize and animate the props on the field
  • See augmented information, i.e. hot spots, that supplements the field viewing experience

 

Other Info:

Prerequisites

- Mobile device with the Vuforia app installed.

- Cardboard viewer (optional)

PreKickoff Prep
  1. Download the Vuforia app for iOS or Android
  2. Print the Vumark
  3. Launch the app and use your devices camera to scan the Vumark
On/After Kickoff Use
  1. Download the Vuforia app for iOS or Android
  2. Print the Vumark
  3. Launch the app and use your devices camera to scan the Vumark

Hardware Platform

Mobile device, cardboard capable

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactive

Zoom

Multi-user

No

 

 

SOLIDWORKS’ eDrawings Measurement

Description: eDrawings is a product design communication tool for sharing representations of both 2D drawings and 3D models. The data format of eDrawings files is highly compressed to enable easy transmission via email. When viewed with the eDrawings Viewer, these files provide intelligent interpretation tools (3D Pointer, Virtual Folding, Animated Drawing Views) that help the recipient easily understand and navigate the data they receive. eDrawings files may be sent to anyone via email. To eliminate the frustrations normally associated with 2D and 3D design data, the viewer may be embedded directly in an eDrawings file. These files can immediately be viewed by anyone with a Windows operating system. No additional CAD software or viewers are required.​

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

- Computer

  • Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1, 64-bit
  • Windows 7 SP1, 64-bit
  • Mac 10.12
  • Mac 10.11
  • Mac 10.10

or

- Mobile Device

PreKickoff Prep for use on a computer
  1. Download the eDrawings Viewer from here and Install.
  2. Download last season’s FIRST official CAD model here (link will automatically download) and unzip the folder.
  3. Launch the eDrawings application and Open your preferred model (to explore the complete FIRST Power UpSM field, open file FE-00041).
PreKickoff Prep for use on a mobile device

Click this link to see an MG sports car example (or try any model on 3D Content Central) for a comparable experience to test your system.

On/After Kickoff use on a computer
  1. If you haven’t already, download the eDrawings Viewer from here and Install.
  2. Download this season’s FIRST official CAD model here (link to be published immediately after Kickoff, will automatically download) and unzip the folder.
  3. Launch the eDrawings application and Open your preferred model (to explore the complete DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE field, open file to be named immediately after Kickoff).
On/After Kickoff use on a mobile device or with a web browser

Click this link (link to be published immediately after Kickoff).

Hardware Platform

Computer of Mobile Device

Offline Use

Yes if installed.

No if using eDrawings webGL

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

Software Installer: ~186MB

Field Folder: ~120MB

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Pan, tilt, zoom, point to point measure

Multi-user

No

 

 

SOLIDWORKS’ Visualize360 VR

Description: Virtually explore (pan and zoom) a 360°, high-resolution image of the virtual field in a web browser.

Note: Not all Web browsers support viewing 360-degree videos and images. Best viewed in Google Chrome.

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

- Computer using browser or with a connected VR HMD such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality etc.

or

- Mobile Device with internet access

or

- Mobile Device with internet access and VR goggle viewer (like Siemens’ cardboard)

PreKickoff Prep

See an example of a guided tour here.

On/After Kickoff Use
  1. Click here. (URL to be updated immediately after Kickoff)
  2. To view in VR stereo, click the VR goggle icon in the web viewer and put phone in headset.

Hardware Platform

Computer, Mobile Device, or VR Headset

Offline Use

No

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

n/a

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Pan, Zoom

Multi-user

No

Multi-user

No

 

 

SOLIDWORKS: SimInsights VR Field Training Experience powered by the SOLIDWORKS XR Exporter

Detailed Description: Virtually tour and learn about the field and gameplay in a rich experience. Step into the field alone or with team members in a collaborative session and freely roam or interact with learning elements to understand how aspect of the field function and how the gameplay works so you can better prepare for the live environment.

 

Other Info:

Prerequisites

- VR Ready Computer with a connected VR HMD such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality etc.

or

- Computer with web access

PreKickoff Prep

not available

On/After Kickoff Use
  1. Click here to view the browser version. (URL to be updated immediately after Kickoff)
  2. Download the offline, high fidelity experience on a VR Ready computer + VR HMD here. (Hosting/link TBD)

Hardware Platform

Computer or VR Headset

Offline Use

Yes for downloadable version

No for browser version

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

TBD

Open Source

No

Interactivity

Pan, Zoom, Learning

Multi-user

Yes

 

 

Synthesis: An Autodesk Technology

Detailed Description: Maximize your DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE build season with Synthesis: An Autodesk Technology, a robotics simulation tool for students. Using CAD models in the simulator, drivers, strategists, and programmers can work simultaneously alongside the build team. Users can test and iterate early and make design changes before it’s too late. Synthesis has a minimal learning curve for students to get robots from CAD to a running model within the engine.

  • Export any CAD model from Autodesk Fusion360 or Inventor plug-ins as a robot or field. Check out our opening a step file tutorial if you use another CAD tool. 
  • Simulate any exported robot model in a custom field environment
  • Record real-time physics collisions using Bullet Physics
  • Custom mode for driver practice and strategy
  • Mix and Match mode for creating custom robot designs
  • Customizable controls
  • Java and C++ code emulation
  • 100% Open Source - - Have an idea for improving Synthesis or are a developer? Visit our GitHub repository to contribute to our open-source project.
  • Field and Robot library available for download

 

More Info:

Prerequisites

Operating System

  • 64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 10 (preferred) Anniversary Update (version 1607 or higher)
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990

Software (don’t forget that Autodesk software is available in the Virtual Kit of Parts!)

  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 or later (for Synthesis Robot Exporters)
  • Eclipse Photon IDE for Java/C++ development with latest WPIlib plugin (for current Synthesis Code Emulator)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code for Java/C++ development with latest WPIlib plugin (Note: This is the official IDE for the FRC 2019 season) (for official IDE for the FRC 2019 season)

CPU

  • Recommended: 3.0 GHz or greater, 4 or more cores
  • Minimum: 2.5 GHz

Memory

  • Recommended: 6 GB RAM or more
  • Minimum: 4 GB RAM

Disk Space

  • Recommended: Installer plus full installation (2 GB)

Note: The Emulation installer uses QEMU, which will use 600 MB of additional space

Graphics

  • Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
  • Minimum: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
PreKickoff Prep
  1. Download Synthesis now and get familiar with all the features. 
    • Drive Team – Explore field view options and practice driving on previous fields with stock robots or export your own robot models. 
    • Programmers- learn how to use the emulator by testing last year’s code or write something new!
    • Strategists – Learn how to use the measuring tool and build instant Mix & Match Robots to test strategy.  
  2. Check out the Getting Started - Synthesis Video Tutorial Series
  3. Check out the Autodesk Education Community for FIRST
On/After Kickoff Use

Immediately after Kickoff, an updated version of Synthesis will include the unlocked 2019 field in the download. You'll just need internet access to grab the update. 

To install fresh:

  1. Download Synthesis
  2. Check out the Getting Started - Synthesis Video Tutorial Series
  3. Check out the Autodesk Education Community for FIRST
Resources

Hardware Platform

Computer

Offline Use

Yes

Content Source

FIRST official CAD models

Download Size

232MB

Open Source

Yes

Interactivity

Pan, Zoom, Navigate, Test Code

Multi-user

Yes

Virtual Kit, Kickoffs, Payments, and a Special Post-Kickoff Show

Nov 15, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

The Virtual Kit is available! Plus, be sure to sign up for your Kickoff. Remember that initial payment is due Monday, November 19 at 5pm Eastern. Also, an exciting announcement about a live show after the Kickoff broadcast!

2019 Motor Controllers and MXP

Nov 14, 2018 Written by Kevin O'Connor, Robotics Engineer, FIRST Robotics Competition

Information about the actuator controllers, MXP boards, and motors that will be legal for the 2019 season.

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Max Goldstein

Nov 14, 2018 Written by Max Goldstein, FIRST Alum

FIRST Alum Max Goldstein is building leadership skills as a FIRST mentor

Stop Build Day in 2019 and 2020

Nov 13, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about Stop Build Day for 2019 and 2020.

How Companies Can Help Students Prepare for the Future Workforce

Nov 12, 2018 By Kelli Anderson for EdSurge


EdSurge spoke with Dave Vasko, director of advanced technology at FIRST Strategic Partner Rockwell Automation, about how robotics competitions resemble the Indy 500; why you should be kind to your competition; the leg up FIRST kids have when landing STEM jobs; and his hiring philosophy.

INSPIRATION IS EVERWHERE

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Max Goldstein

FIRST Alum & Mentor

As a student on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 86 in Jacksonville, Florida, FIRST Alum Max Goldstein fell in love with the machine shop during his first day on the team and specialized in fabricating aluminum parts on the lathe. Now a software developer at FIRST Strategic Partner Apple, Max returns to his machine-shop roots and gives back as a mentor for a FIRST Robotics Competition team based at a public school near Apple’s headquarters in San Jose, California. As a mentor, Max is building leadership skills and helping the team learn the importance of setting group expectations to keep everyone working together. “I try to create a safe environment for failure and the learning that comes with it, while ensuring that we have a functioning robot at competition,” he says.

How has your FIRST experience impacted your post-graduation life?
I’m an alumnus of Team 86, where I specialized in fabricating aluminum parts on the lathe. The lead mentor (“Chief Geek” - Florida Regional Woodie Flowers [Finalist Award recipient] ’08; I helped write the nominating essay) had a machine shop in his garage and opened his home to dozens of high schoolers on a weekly basis. This was my first exposure to a machine shop (my white-collar parents previously got as far as explaining flat head vs. Phillips screwdrivers), and I loved it. I remember my second session I poked my head inside the house to find half a dozen programmers sitting around the kitchen tables with laptops, trying to open a file with a different program. After a few minutes I decided that was boring and I went back out to the machine shop and stayed there.

What did you do after becoming a FIRST Alum?
I credit my experience with FIRST Robotics Competition in high school with getting me interested in engineering. I went to Tufts University School of Engineering and got my degree in computer science. I investigated mechanical engineering but eventually decided against it. After college, I took a programming job in Baltimore and started with (FIRST Strategic Partner) Apple in San Jose two years after that.

At Apple, I’m a software developer working on internal tools to improve the reliability of our operating systems. I was pleasantly surprised when Apple had a presentation on volunteering with FIRST and eventually found my way to Team 581 at the local public high school at the insistence of their student programmer. (She recently started at MIT!) This team operates out of the school’s machine shop, and the other mentors are teachers. I’ve been splitting my time supervising mechanical fab, wiring, and programming. (My job at Apple is strictly programming — the exact specialty [a student pursues] in FIRST Robotics Competition does not determine one’s career.)

You’ve continued to be involved with FIRST as an alum; what have you been up to?
One of the biggest challenges I face as a mentor is knowing when to let the kids experiment, fail, and learn, and when to intervene. I try to create a safe environment for failure and the learning that comes with it, while ensuring that we have a functioning robot at competition. It has also taken time for me to feel comfortable in a leadership role and to challenge the other mentors; my first year, I remember the lead mentor focusing on the design of a part several weeks into the build season that we had decided was not essential to our strategy. Setting standards and expectations as a group is a valuable tool to keep everyone working together. In the same way that it’s helpful to document code, wiring, and mechanical designs, communication about who is doing what is essential to your success.

Visit firstinspires.org/alumni for more FIRST Alumni spotlights. Share your story for a chance to be featured.