Tech United is a multidisciplinary team of (old) students, PhD’s and employees of Eindhoven University of Technology which are involved in the development of robotics. Knowledge in the field of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer algorithms are used to solve problems. The home of Tech United is the RoboCup stadium on the university.
Tech United participates with two teams. One team consists of the autonomous soccer robots and participates in the Middle Size League of RoboCup and the other team participates with autonomous service robots in the @Home league. Besides the world championships, Tech United also participates in several European championships. Tech United has already won seven European titles and reached the final of the world championships seven times. In 2012 the soccer robots became world champions in Mexico-City for the first time. Last year, they also won the world championship for the second time in Brazil. In 2012, service robot AMIGO won the Dutch open and in 2014 he reached the second place on the world championships in Brazil.
Besides the robot soccer competitions, Tech United also participates in the @Home competitions with the service robots AMIGO and SERGIO. Within this competition the care robots must execute several tasks, like taking something out of the kitchen and recognize people. Robots like AMIGO enable elderly people to function independently for a longer period of time.
A lot of the mechanism developed with the soccer robots is used on the care robots. For example the wheels are the same, but you can also think of software. Both the soccer robots and the care robots must communicate with a continuously changing environment.