New Camera For Our Robots!

2mp-hd-security-cameraFor the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge, Stronghold, team Northern Force is planning to use an imaging system. This 2 Mega-pixel IP Camera has built-in infrared illumination and can operate over a range of high resolutions and frame rates which will be helpful in optimizing bandwidth with our software interface. At some point in the feature we hope to use the camera over wifi using an access point as explained in this wireless ip camera setup guide. Northern Force’s programming team is developing image-processing algorithms that will help the drive team target boulders at the opposing Stronghold tower!

Software Design Innovation: To Catch a Ball


Check out Joseph’s Design Innovation Scholarship presentation on using cameras and innovative software design to teach a robot to catch a ball.

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FIRST Robotics Channel 172 Webisode 4 – The Science Behind It All

March 28, 2014: In our fourth webisode, the FIRST Channel 172 news team brings the focus back to the students and mentors on the team, and their accomplishments.

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Team 172 on Box Talk Radio


On Saturday, March 29 2014, Box Talk Radio broadcast Derek Volk’s interview with Nicole and Elliot about our team! This interview was conducted at the Maine Manufacturing Summit in New Gloucester.

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FIRST Robotics Channel 172 Webisode 3 – Gracious Professionalism

March 14, 2014: The Northern Force News Source releases the third webisode in a four-webisode series. In this webisode, our media team talks about what FIRST calls “gracious professionalism” and our fantastic mentors.

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FIRST Robotics Channel 172 Webisode 2 – The Challenge

FIRST Robotics Channel 172 Webisode 1 – The History of Pink

February 14, 2014: Here it is, the first 2014 webisode of Team 172. This week, inspired by our team color, not to mention Valentine’s Day, our news team brings you their report of The History of Pink.

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