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ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok

FAQ 1
ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok Judge Committee

October 2015
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1) Game Field : G

2) Eco Robot : E

3) Hybrid Robot : H

4) Contest Activities : A

5) Restrictions : R

6) Others : O

Game Field (G)
G1

Q: Is pole of iron? Or other material?
A: Wind Turbine Pole is made of a hollow cylindrical Poly Vinyl Chloride
(PVC). Read more details in the rulebook.

G2

Q: Down Hill: In Figure 7, Are the all dimensions of Down Hill correct?
A: All Figures have been revised. Please dowload updated versions from the
website.

G3

Q: Please specify a detail of Wind Turbine Propeller such as material,
weight, magnetic force, etc.
A: The paddles of Wind Turbine Propeller are made of light weight material
such as Rubber, Plastic or Cardboard Paper. The magnet sheet can be
used for the magnetic ring-plated on the central base of Propeller. The
total weight of Wind Turbine Propeller is 130-150 g. The component of
Wind Turbine Propeller can be assembled as below figure.

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what do you suggest in that case? A: Domestic organizers are advised to use the best possible materials and adhere as closely as possible to the specifications laid down for the final contest.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok Back ring-plate Front ring-plate Propeller core Three paddles Magnetic ring-plate Wind Turbine Propeller G4 Q: Which type of paint will be used on the contest field of ABU Robocon 2016? A: It is emulsion paint. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 2 . However. Where do the grid lines change their direction (15 degree) on Hills or on Slopes or both? A: Refer to Figure 2. G7 Q: The standard size of PVC pipe mentioned in rulebook is 114mm outer diameter. but the standard size found in India is of 110mm outer diameter. G5 Q: Is propeller stationary or rotary? A: It is stationary. The grid lines of the 15 degree sections are located on Hills. Bangkok. 3 Slopes and Hills. G6 Q: I have a question about field equipments. the 114 mm outer diameter of PVC will be used in ABU Robocon 2016.

A. A: Please see the revised version of Down Hill drawing. River and Island. Slope. Down Hill) made out of plywood? Or is it made out of solid wooden blocks ? Please specify the thickness of ply if plywood are used. Wind Turbine Propeller is an equipment that organizer must prepare for the contest. The game field is made from plywood with 20 mm of thickness. G11 Q. Is wind turbine propeller provided by organiser's or contestants have to bring their own? If it is provided by you then what will be the exact weight.Clean Energy Recharging the World G8 ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok Q: What is the purpose of two strip lines on Wind Turbine Pole? A: These two strip line can be used as the guideline for Hybrid Robot in the task of pole climbing. G10 Q. Strip lines G9 Q: Please let me know description of Downhill. like center coordinates of auxiliary circle in drawing of Downhill or from where to where is arc along the auxiliary circle and from where to where is straight line with concrete value like angle. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 3 . Is the game field structure (like Hills. Highland. A.

the answer is yes with no constraint. External energy can be light. spring energy. However if the potential energy source is used for driving purpose. Wind Turbine is not a part of Eco Robot. etc. sound. Can you explain more details on mechanisms/actuators that can be used in Eco Robot? A: A supplementary definition of Eco Robot is described below: Eco Robot has only one actuator that energy can be pre-stored. these mechanisms/actuators are allowed to store and/or use energy from external or surrounding sources for examples from Hybrid Robot. and etc. magnetic. for example by receiving energy from Hybrid Robot.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok Eco Robot (E) E1 Q: What is the definition of actuator? A: Please read from Terms and Definitions section in the Rulebook. E2 Q: Which electrical components in Eco Robot can be provided from a 24 VDC. E3 Q: Which electrical components in Eco Robot can be provided from a 24 VDC battery? A: The main 24 VDC battery is allowed to supply electrical power to these components of Eco Robot: 1) Micro-controller boards 2) One pre-stored energy actuator 3) Sensors 4) Switches or signal conditioning circuits E4 Q: Can we use Potential energy. mainspring energy for Eco Robot ? A: If the potential energy source is used to change Eco Robot direction. the energy cannot be pre stored. from game field/structure. A: Yes. Eco Robot has to start to store energy after the game has started. E6 Q: Is it allowed to generate energy in Eco robot through the game from Hybrid robot and to store in electrical or mechanical way. wind. from the game field. Other mechanisms/actuators can be used in Eco Robot if their energies are not pre-stored at the beginning of the game. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 4 . E5 Q: Is Wind Turbine Propeller regarded as a part of Eco robot? processing? A: No. This actuator with pre-stored energy must be used only for steering control. However after the game starts.

3) No part of Eco Robot is outside game field. E11 Q: Can Eco Robot’s dimensions be larger than the Eco Robot start zone and Wind Turbine station? A: Yes. 1) A part of Eco Robot must be touching the surface inside Eco Robot Start Zone. However the secondary mechanism will not drive Eco Robot? (As per rule number 4. to transform wind from Hybrid Robot into rotary motion.2 of Robocon 2016 rulebook) A: Yes. A: Yes. store this motion to flywheel and drive wheel by using this force.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok E7 Q: Is it possible that steering actuators on Eco Robot affect mechanism of Eco Robot? For example. Does Steering include turning the heading direction by controlling its position of the center of gravity and ground angle of wheel(s) like a motorcycle? A: Yes. 4) No part of Eco Robot is inside the opposing team area including the space above it. steering actuators move sail. E12 Q: About the Definition of Steering. A: Yes as long as the mechanisms connected with this steering actuator are used only for steering purpose not driving purpose. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 5 . E14 Q: Can we connect turbine to freely moveable wheels? This turbine will receive wind energy from Hybrid Robot to drive Eco Robot wheels without any power supply. E13 Q: Is it permitted that Eco Robot store the force from Hybrid Robot or from its motion? For example. E8 Q: Is electromagnetic valve for example solenoid valve considered as an actuator? A: Yes. E9 Q: Can we use an actuator in secondary mechanism in Eco Robot apart from the steering mechanism. however when Eco Robot is placed on Eco Robot Start Zone it must follow these conditions. 2) No part of Eco Robot is inside Slope 1 including the space above it.2. E10 Q: Can Eco Robot store potential energy while climbing the hill(s) and use it for driving in the river phase? A: Yes. A: Yes.

000 mm in width. Hybrid Robot (H) H1 Q: What is the maximum limit for the extension of the arm of the Hybrid Robot? A: Hybrid Robot must have its dimension no larger than 1. any part of Hybrid Robot cannot be removed during transformation to autonomous mode. All exact details of game field and robots are described in the Rulebook. length and height all the time.spring. Likewise.000mm) exceeds considerably than the one stated in the rulebook. the minimum size of Eco Robot is 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm. However. A: Video animation is just for demonstration to show overview of the game. referees. Eco Robot has to touch the surface of the course. Hovering or flying is not allowed. during climbing Wind Turbine Pole. H2 Q: In the video(Theme) at 2:08 it is seen that Hybrid Robot's dimensions (must be less than 1. E18 Q: Are we allowed to use rotate/ turn around the sail we are using in Eco Robot for controlling direction of movement? A: Yes. E16 Q: Can we use ultrasonic waves transmitted by Hybrid Robot to drive Eco Robot? A: Yes. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 6 .Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok E15 Q: Can we use an energy conservator in the Eco Robot to store energy and then use it later while crossing the river? For example ballon. is “hovering” (floating close to but not touching the surface) allowed? A: Yes. and the audience. E19 Q: Does Eco Robot need to be always touching the surface of the course? I. Hybrid Robot has to touch Wind Turbine Pole all the time. H3 Q: Could Hybrid Robot separate or divide into two robots during the match? A: No H4 Q: Is it allowed to transform to fully-autonomous mode from semiautonomous mode by removing a controller? A: No. but energy must not be pre-stored.e. A: Yes. What is the minimum diameter in case of cylinder or sphere shape? A: The minimum diameter is 40 cm. E17 Q: Refer to Rulebook.. please make sure that it is safe for all people in the venue including participants.

Hybrid Robot can deliver many kinds of force to Eco Robot without physical touch. 3) No part of Eco Robot is outside game field. it can restart from Wind Turbine Station in order to climb the pole. length and height after extend? A: Yes.7.2. the remote control must be cord/cable type. 1) A part of Eco Robot must be touching the surface inside Eco Robot Start Zone. it can restart from Hybrid Robot Start Zone 2. H7 Q: Is there any restriction in the number of types of driving force produced by the Hybrid Robot to drive the Eco Robot? For example can the Hybrid Robot use both wind force and magnetic force at the same time? A: No.3. H9 Q: Regarding rule 2. then restart is at where it is (Wind Turbine Station)? A: It depends whether Hybrid Robot has already touched Wind Turbine Pole or not after the propeller transfer.3.1. if a team asks for a retry of a fully automatic Hybrid Robot after successful propeller transfer. how state of Eco Robot (that don't have upper limit of dimension) is considered "Stay"? A: See comments for E11 When Eco Robot is placed on Eco Robot Start Zone it must follow these conditions. Eco Robot has to stay at Eco Robot Start Zone". stretch or extend as long as the dimension is still within the limit dimension means that the robot must not exceed the dimension 1000mm in width. 4) No part of Eco Robot is inside the opposing team area including the space above it. Contest Activities (A) A1 Q: According to rule(10. 2) No part of Eco Robot is inside Slope 1 including the space above it. Is it correct to understand that if it’s fully automatic from the beginning."at the beginning of the game. If Hybrid Robot hasn’t touched the pole yet. H6 Q: According to Theme and Rules 4.1.2). the Hybrid Robot retry section seems to be written on the assumption it starts in manual mode.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok H5 Q: Can we use Bluetooth for controlling Hybrid Robot? A: No. restart would still be Start Zone 1 for all retries prior to successful propeller transfer? A: Yes. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 7 . If Hybrid Robot has already touched the pole. the robot is allowed to expand.7. H8 Q: Regarding rule 2.

Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A2 Q: If Hybrid Robot starts with fully autonomous mode but the autonomous mode failed to complete the tasks.on Eco robot. A7 Q: Is it allowed for Eco Robot to grab the path by any means which it is following to avoid slipping or falling out of the path? A: Eco Robot can touch only the top surface of traveling path. The restart positions of Hybrid Robot can be as following conditions: 1. Yes. Is fully autonomous Hybrid Robot necessary retry? If yes. 2. The restart position is referred to the updated Rule 2. Down Hill: The front part of Eco robot must pass the line separating between Down Hill and Wind Turbine Station then score will be counted. A4 Q: What is the definition of "Eco robot enters completely"? A: Eco robot enters completely means: Slopes and Hills: The backmost part of Eco robot must pass the line separating between Slope and Hill including the space above the line then score will be counted. involved in attraction or repulsion with hybrid robot. If Eco Robot touch the side of traveling path or ground field the retry is compulsory without points deduction. for propulsion of the latter? A: Yes. what is the restart position of Hybrid Robot. A3 Q: Is it allowed to attach a permanent magnet(fixed on robot's body). A: Hybrid Robot is not necessary for retry when Eco Robot is asked for retry. River: The backmost part of Eco robot must pass the line separating between River and Highland including the space above the line then score will be counted.5. The restart position is at Hybrid Robot Start Zone 2 if the transfer of Wind Turbine Propeller from Eco Robot to Hybrid Robot has been successful. can it be reverted back to manual mode again? A. The restart position is at Hybrid Robot Start Zone 1 if the transfer of Wind Turbine Propeller from Eco Robot to Hybrid Robot has been not successful. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 8 . The retry of Hybrid Robot is depends on the request from team members. A5 Q: If Wind Turbine Propeller comes out of the Eco robot before the transfer between Eco Robot and Hybrid what will be the restart position for the retry for both robots? A: The retry is compulsory for Eco Robot only. permanent magnet can be used for propulsion. A6 Q: When Eco Robot is asked for a retry.

A9 Q: Can Eco Robot touch the areas other than its path i. A15 Q: Can frequency such as sound wave and etc. 2. Eco Robot can continue its task without retry. A10 Q: Can Eco Robot be a line follower robot whose power is given indirectly from Hybrid Robot? A: Yes. A16 Q: Is it necessary to trace the lines on the arena (mainly Hills 1. Ground Area (grey). River etc. Since Eco Robot is not allowed to move straight from Hill 3 to Highland.? Can Eco Robot climb the Wind Turbine Pole? A: Not at all. is it allowed? A: Yes. 3 etc) by the Eco Robot? A: No it is not necessary. Remote Driving Zone (brown) and No Entry Zone (pink)? A: Eco Robot can touch only the top surface of traveling path. A12 Q: If Hybrid Robot is autonomous. can it start climbing the pole before picking up the propeller from the Eco Robot or at least start climbing while simultaneously picking up the propeller? A: No. Hill. the fully autonomous Hybrid Robot can start climbing after takes Wind Turbine Propeller from Eco Robot successfully. A: Yes. can the Eco Robot continue its motion or it must be stopped during the retry? A: Yes. Eco Robot is allowed to touch Islands. be used in this game as a driving force for the Eco Robot? Provided it is not used for communication between robots. A13 Q: If the Eco Robot initially moves by driving force given by Hybrid Robot but still manage to move by its mechanism without any continuous supply of driving force from the Hybrid Robot. A17 Q: Is Eco Robot allowed to touch the islands in the river zone? A: Yes. A14 Q: If only Hybrid Robot asks for a retry.e. A11 Q: Should Hybrid robot start from the Hybrid start zone if the Eco robot is taking a retry? A: It is not necessary if Hybrid Robot is not asked for retry. If Eco Robot touch the side of traveling path or ground field the retry is compulsory without points deduction. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 9 .Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A8 Q: Can Eco Robot fly above the field object like Slope.

A22 Q: Can Eco Robot touch Wind Turbine Propeller it is completely transferred to Hybrid Robot? A: Yes. A23 Q: After handing the Propeller to Hybrid Robot. team members are allowed to move Eco Robot A25 Q: If the propeller falls from the Hybrid Robot after successfully picking it up from the Eco Robot. climbing Wind Turbine Pole and assembling Wind Turbine Propeller are the tasks for Hybrid Robot. from the game field shown in grey color (both left and right sides of Slopes and Hills). A20 Q: With reference to rule no.g. 2. can we move Eco Robot from Wind Turbine Station Zone by either Hybrid Robot or Team Members? A: Yes. after referee permission. Hybrid Robot can drive Eco Robot from Remote Driving Zone. From which place does Hybrid Robot have to push Eco ! ! Robot forward in such cases? A: Hybrid Robot can indirectly drive Eco Robot from any areas in the game filed outside No Entry Zone that do not violate the game rules. (Concerned with restart positions) If Eco Robot falls off while moving downhill. Eco Robot is allowed to touch Wind Turbine Propeller even it is already transferred to Hybrid Robot completely. Restart takes place ! ! from Highland. is Eco Robot allowed to move and climb the Wind Turbine Pole? A: No. A24 Q: After Hybrid Robot taking Wind Propeller from Eco Robot. A19 Q: Can Eco robot physically contact Wind Turbine Pole? A: Yes.6. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 10 . however the score in the activity of Wind Turbine Propeller collecting will be cancelled if the Wind Turbine Propeller is returned back to Eco Robot. can Hybrid Robot return it to Eco Robot? A: Yes.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A18 Q: According to Theme and Rules 5. where will the retry start from? A: The restart position is at Hybrid Robot Start Zone 2. A21 Q: After handing the Propeller to Hybrid Robot. etc. e.5 from the rulebook. does it means that Hybrid Robot can only move out of the Remote Driving Zone after the Eco Robot is totally out of the River or it can move out of the Remote Driving Zone as long as any parts of the Eco Robot move out of the River? A: Hybrid Robot can move out Remote Driving Zone when Eco Robot is completely out River.

Can Hybrid Robot touch Wind Turbine Pole before Eco Robot enters Wind Turbine Station completely? A: Yes.” Where exactly should they restart from? A: Please see updated Rule 2. After attaching Wind Turbine Propeller must stay on Wind Turbine Engine by itself at least 3 seconds. 2.5. A29 Q: Rule no. then both robots start at their last positions where they fail the task. There must be some parts of Hybrid Robot touch Wind Turbine Pole all the time while it is climbing from the ground.5 says. A28 Q: What is the definition of receiving the Propeller successfully? A: It is successful when entire part of Wind Turbine Propeller is moved out from Eco Robot by Hybrid Robot. A30 Q: Can we change the position of the propeller on Hybrid Robot while we are transforming Hybrid Robot to autonomous mode? A: Yes. Eco Robot restarts at its last position where the task was fail. it is the task for Hybrid Robot. Hybrid Robot restarts at Hybrid Robot Start Zone 1. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 11 . A35 Q: What is the definition of assembling the Wind Turbine Propeller? A: Hybrid Robot attaches Wind Turbine Propeller on Wind Turbine Engine.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A26 Q: Can Eco Robot stay in the Down Hill zone or at least stay in contact with it when Hybrid Robot picks up the propeller from Eco Robot? A: Yes. A32 Q: Can Eco Robot achieve “Chai-Yo” by assembling the Wind Turbine Propeller? A: No. A34 Q: While climbing the pole does the Hybrid robot have to leave contact with the ground? A: Yes.7. A31 Q: After Hybrid Robot is transformed to autonomous mode. A27 Q: About Rule 1. can it touch Eco Robot? A: Yes. A33 Q: What is the definition of climbing in detail? A: Hybrid Robot with Wind Turbine Propeller moves upward along Wind Turbine Pole. “If Eco robot entered wind turbine station but Hybrid robot does not successfully take wind turbine propeller out from Eco robot completely. Hybrid robot can start this action after the score for Downhill traveling is already achieved and confirmed by referee.

if a team achieve Chai-Yo. If Eco Robot moves outside Wind Turbine Station completely. the team gets 100 points. by asking for a retry? A: Team members are allowed to move Eco Robot that completed its missions out of the game field after getting permission from the referee.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A36 Q: Does that second white strip on green pole means that the hybrid robot should reach their to connect propeller at the end of the game? A: The strip lines are used as the guideline for Hybrid Robot in the task of pole climbing. length and height all the time. Eco Robot is restarted at its last position where Eco Robot is inside Wind Turbine Station. A43 Q: Can Eco Robot move outside the Wind Turbine Station while Hybrid Robot takes the Propeller? A: At least some parts of Eco Robot have to be inside Wind Turbine Station during Propeller transfer. A37 Q: Can Hybrid Robot touch Wind Turbine Engine? A: Yes. A39 Q: Is there a minimum height that the Hybrid Robot should reach when climbing up the Wind Turbine Pole? A: There is no minimum height but the dimension of Hybrid Robot must not exceed 1. retries of both robots are compulsory. Considering safety of the both robots.000 mm in width. Hybrid Robot is restarted at Hybrid Robot Start Zone 1. A42 Q: As soon as the propeller is successfully transferred to Hybrid Robot. Eco Robot’s mission will be completed. A40 Q: Is it necessary to touch the pole while climbing? A: Yes. No matter how much points deduction. A38 Q: Can Hybrid Robot touch Eco Robot again after Hybrid Robot receives the Propeller and starts climbing the Pole? A: Yes. A41 Q: What is the total points after achieving Chai -Yo if the team has some violation points? A: The score is always recorded to 100 points for the team achieving Chai-Yo. Is it possible if team members touch and move the Eco Robot out of the Wind Turbine Station. The maximum score is 100. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 12 .

a retry is compulsory. it is not violation. R3 Q: Can Hybrid Robot touch the track of the Eco Robot path. Hybrid Robot cannot separate any parts from itself.4. Five points will be deducted under Rule 5. without actually coming in contact with the Eco Robot? A: No. Restrictions (R) R1 Q: Are we considered as a violation if the wind which our Hybrid Robot makes reach to opposite team's robots? If it is not a violation. there must be some parts of Hybrid Robot touch Wind Turbine Pole all the time while it is climbing until Wind Turbine Propeller assembly. Eco Robot is not allowed to move straight from Hill 3 to Highland. it is not allowed. it is violation. R5 Q: Can Eco Robot go straight without touching the island? A: No. R2 Q: Are we allowed to skip tasks on the way to goal? A: No. for example using propeller? A: No. if Eco Robot touches Accident Protection Guard. R6 Q: Can the Hybrid Robot use alternative ways to climb up the Wind Turbine Pole without touching the pole. A45 Q: Can Eco Robot touch the Accident Protection Guard while going through Down Hill? A: No. R7 Q: Can the Hybrid Robot transfer some parts to Eco Robot when the Hybrid Robot takes the Wind Turbine Propeller from the Eco Robot at the Wind Turbine Station? A: No. R4 Q: Can a robot move by sensing movements of a team member outside the field? A: No.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok A44 Q: Can Hybrid Robot touch and move Eco Robot out off Wind Turbine Station to a safe place after successful Propeller transfer? A: No. However the team which intends to disturb opponent will be disqualified under Rule 6. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 13 . If Eco Robot moves straight along River.2. isn't it a violation to disturb opposite team's Robot? A: No. the retry will be compulsory for Eco Robot without point deduction. It’s the responsibility of team members to ask permission from the referee before moving Eco Robot that completed all its missions out of the game field.

Hills.4. O2 Q: If a compressor is used prior to the match. Highland and Down Hill? A: No. will its weight be included in the max 40kgs limit? A: No. the team cannot use water or any liquid that makes the game field wet or dirty. however the teams must be cautious on safety during design and build the robots. R10 Q: If Eco Robot is sending data to Hybrid Robot but Hybrid Robot is not sending any data back to Eco Robot. The objects are considered as parts of Hybrid Robot and cannot be separated.4. Q: How detailed does the precision of the time? A: The time resolution of scoreboard is second unit. data transmission is defined as communication. R11 Q: According to the Theme and Rules 5. O4 Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 14 . R9 Q: Is it allowed to use devices which will communicate with the robots from outside of the game field? A: No. O3 Q: If any equipment is used during the retry to setup the robot.) A: No. it is not allowed. or we maybe wet field. it is violation. Five points will be deducted under Rule 5. River. Others (O) O1 Q: Are we permitted to boost power source voltage from DC 24V or below to more than DC 24V? A: Yes. will the weight of compressor be included in the max 40kgs limit? A: No. R13 Q: Is it allowed that Eco Robot and Hybrid Robot are united? A: No. can Hybrid Robot also touch the side wall of Slopes. R12 Q: Is it allowed that Hybrid Robot drives Eco Robot by shooting some objects such as ball to Eco Robot? A: No. is it allowed? A: No.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok R8 Q: Can I use water power as indirectly power? (Water separate from Hybrid Robot.

changing colors of LEDs on Eco Robot or flickering them in order to detect that Eco Robot passed the River? A: No.Clean Energy Recharging the World ABU Robocon 2016 Bangkok O5 Q: About Rule 4.3. communication between robots are not allowed. This action is considered as sensing and recognition not communication between robots. O6 Q: What is the definition of “communication?” As in. However sensing or recognizing physical sign generated by the other robot is allowed and not considered as communication between robots. A: Communication occurs when robots transmit data.1. Back to 1st page! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 15 . Does "communication between robots" include Eco Robot carrying AR marker.