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7/23/2018 11:16:56 AM

The ReMY rover is mainly used in our project, but not only. In the previous post you could read about the fact that two local schools have bought the robot for educational purposes - in ABM we have developed the possibility of programming them independently. We are also constantly looking for niches in which the robot can be embedded. Drones are used in various industries, why not rovers? For instance- army, police or other public services. The robot can be used to patrol urban areas where there are no monitoring cameras, to detect intruders, and to alert. What is more, cooperating with drones (which cannot reach everywhere) can collect valuable intelligence. Another example is speleological and archaeological research. Small vehicles with cameras are already used for this kind of exploration. ReMY would be great for that. Narrow and low tunnels - natural or artificially hollowed - which are a difficult or impossible barrier for a man, is the perfect place to use a rover. Robots in the world also serve as museum guides. Toruń is a tourist city, full of old tenement houses and basements. We already have a great idea how to make sightseeing more interesting with the use of our robots. The first demonstrations are coming soon, and today we have started tests! These are just a few examples. The possibilities are limited only by imagination. In just a few years it may turn out that all dogs from the area will be taken for walks by the universal and multifunctional ReMY rovers :). Do you have any other ideas? Let us know!

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7/5/2018 10:02:08 AM

This year, at the turn of July and August, Mars will be in opposition. And that does not mean that it will vote against the third planet from the Sun :) The Red Planet and the Sun will be directly opposite sides of Earth. Due to the shape of the orbits of these celestial bodies, this is does not mean being closest. This year the distance is extremely small - that is why various Martian missions were planned for this period. It makes no sense to develop flight routes for hundreds of millions of kilometers if the planets do most of the work for us - the largest distance between them is estimated at around 400 million km! This year's opposition is the distance of 57.6 million kilometers. Recently, two planets were so close almost 15 years ago. For this reason 2018 is full of various events related to Mars and the universe in general, directing our attention to the extraterrestrial. That is why we are planning to appear at several Martian meetings, which will be announced in subsequent entries :) ReMY is a virtual simulator of Mars missions, therefore it fits perfectly into this year's field of cosmic interests. We are happy to inform you that the first two schools from the District of Toruń received from us ReMY robots in a version adapted to learning programming. These are prototypes and we are happy that we will be able to develop our tools further. Learning through play - teams of students from schools in Łysomice and Obrowo under the guidance of trained teachers apart from learning programming, will also develop mission plans, set goals and perform tasks. The opinions of students and teachers will be invaluable to us and will allow us to improve our product. We would like to reach as many young minds as possible and enable them to experience the simulated Martian mission and propose learning in a modern and interesting formula.

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6/21/2018 12:00:07 PM

Two weeks ago, ABM Space conducted three shows at the same time. One of them was conducted outside the borders of our country, in the capital of Germany. On-site we met not only with a warm reception from the host - the Polish Institute in Berlin – but also the hot temperature, which in Berlin reached 30 degrees. Having prepared our stand and successful connection to the ReMY System, we were ready. "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften", meaning "Long Night of Science", as we took part in this event, where we were welcomed by guests from Poland and Polish diaspora, but these were not only ones. We talked with Berliners, Brits, Spanish - people from all over Europe, interested in space or even operating in the industry. Throughout the evening (from 5 pm to midnight) they stopped at our stand to find out what ReMY is - they asked questions, read leaflets and watched system presentations. Several times during the show we connected remotely to the rover located at that time in Toruń (some 400 km from Berlin!) and handed over our rover to visitors so that they could check themselves with the Remote Mars Yard. Every time it turned out that we had to extend the login time due to the undiminished interest in our project, despite the late part of the day :) We would like to emphasize that despite the creation of the new version of ReMY, we are still organizing demonstrations based on the old, proven system located on the Polish soil. We encourage parents, students and teachers in Poland, Germany - anywhere in the world - to contact us in order to organize such gameplay, or even an interclass or interschool competition. Enormous acknowledgments to the Polish Institute in Berlin for hosting us. We hope that it was not the last time :) ReMY Team

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6/6/2018 12:08:29 PM

ABM Space is pleased to invite all ReMy fans and forum readers for three shows. The date of all events is the same - June 9, 2018. The first of them, mainly for local enthusiasts of Mars, takes place in Grudziądz as part of the annual Astrofestiwal, held as part of the celebration of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship – where, our veteran the Magma rover, will set the pace. Between 20:00 and 21:00 there is also a remote connection planned during which you can drive a Martian robot (located physically at ABM Space headquarters in Toruń). Our employees will be happy to share their experience in the service and construction of rovers - some of them have won prestigious robotics competitions in the USA! More information about Astrofestiwal in Grudziądz can be found at: http://astrofestiwal.pl. The second show planned by us is part of the 22nd Science Picnic of the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Center, which takes place at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw. There, at the NCBiR booth, we will promote and advertise the ReMY project. There will be available stands for virtual and real mission simulator (remote connection with the robot located on the Martian mocku-up in Toruń is scheduled from 16:00 to 17:00). The team from ABM Space will be happy to tell you about the work and adventures connected with building - Remote Mars Yard. :) More information about the 22nd Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Center can be found at: http://www.pikniknaukowy.pl Together with the third show planned by us, we go across the borders of Poland - at the "Long Night of Science ", which translates into German as: "Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften" we will present the ReMY system for the international audience. We will also talk about other ABM Space projects. Our booth can be found in Berlin, at the Polish Institute located at Burgstraße 27. During the demonstration in Berlin, we anticipate 5 remote connections with the robot located on the Mars mock-up in Toruń: 17:45- 18:00 – 1st connection 18:15 - 18:30 – 2nd connection 19:30:19:45 - 3th connection 20:15: - 20:30 – 4th connection 21:30: - 21:45 – 5th connection For more information about the Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften, or the "Long Night of Science", please go to: https://www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de

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5/25/2018 10:32:38 AM

In February 2017, we started work on a project called "Remote Mars Yard" (convergence of names with the "Remote Mars Yard" competition completely by accident!). For the next two years (i.e. until the end of January 2019), the "spiritual successor" of the current ReMY will be created. Until now, this abbreviation defined an interesting and innovative educational position - which led to fruitful cooperation with the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. Now "ReMY" is developed in terms of various types of recipients, but we do not neglect scientific values. You can read more about individual target groups on the main project website (link) and here (link). At present, however, something comparable and functionally similar is being created, although from a technological point of view entirely different. First of all, the whole graphic design - so far the participant had to deal with the ReMY System available only from the browser level, whereas the web portal and the application (game) that allows to conduct the Martian mission are being created. This division was dictated by various reasons - primarily technological (the performance of the game placed on the website departs significantly from the standalone program). The gameplay itself will also be improved graphically, its content and diversity will also grow - it will not be an education factor itself. For the purpose of the project at ABM Space, a new rover with a rather changed appearance has been designed. Regular readers can guess that the latest version has a centrally placed manipulator and a mast with a navigation camera :) dimensions and appearance of the entire rover, however, has changed dramatically. For now, it will be mystified ... Our current Martian crater was about 14 m². The project assumes four such "maps", where each of them will have ... 100 m²! This means that over 28 times more Mars will wait for those who will check their hands at ReMY. So far, organizing of the rides - as part of competitions, individually, in the form of demonstration or other - was on the side of ABM. We created microsystems that streamlined this process, but eventually, we had to supervise everything from A to Z. Together with the portal, an automated timetable will be created, where the user will choose the most convenient date and then pay the appropriate fee - without excessive bureaucracy. By "the most convenient" we understand even the ones scheduled on Tuesday at 4 am - ReMY will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! During the competitions, the group of users planned their own passages. There will still be such a possibility, but for players we design ready missions - "scenarios" in which they will have to perform specific, predetermined tasks. The number of these scenarios is not fixed - the maps are large, so the supply will depend mainly on demand. As ReMY is also a research project, mock-ups will serve as "test polygons" on which we will check various solutions that are created in ABM Space. For now, we cannot let in on our projects, because everything is top secret;) Our forum is divided into Polish and international sections. We are looking for partners and people who share our interests in various countries from all around the world, not just Europe. Thanks to the global network, we are not limited by anything, we can reach virtually every corner of the globe – as long as the Internet reaches there. In a year or two, it will be nothing unusual to have a schedule in which an American will conduct his mission after the user from China, and then a player from Egypt. We have ambitions to make ReMY famous all around the world 😊

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5/11/2018 2:49:26 PM

ReMY I The first iteration of the ReMY rover was created in 2015/2016. From the very beginning, the concept was based on a manipulator and a mast with a navigation camera placed centrally on the vehicle - despite the visual and functional changes in each subsequent version of the robot, it has never changed :) Missing image The rounded shape and antennas of the cameras gave ReMY I an interesting, insect-like look. The blue color, which can be seen in the picture, was intentional and necessary for the proper operation of the whole system. Without revealing the secrets - this color was unique on the scale of the entire model and the rover, which is why it was easily distinguishable by the positioning algorithms developed by ABM. Missing image Missing image ReMY II Missing image The next ReMY was designed and constructed between the first and the second edition of the competition. A more massive, more extensive construction was dictated by a very mundane reason - in ReMY I there was little room for electronics. Antennas have also been turned into thicker ones. The suspension has changed dramatically, which is perfectly reflected in the photos. In this case, instead of evolution, there was a revolution. Missing image The upper part of the robot was divided into three segments, of which the middle one was movable, which made the access to the interior of the rover much easier. Missing image ReMY III Missing image Another edition - another rover :) This time the project went towards simplicity and edges instead of streamlined shapes. The manipulator and mast were placed centrally. A lot of improvements have been made to the construction of the manipulator and suspension, which cannot be seen "on the exterior" and which have influenced their strength and efficiency. Missing image

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4/26/2018 1:20:46 PM

The beginning of the year 2017 is primarily preparation. As we wrote in the previous post here, in December last year we finished the second edition of the ReMY competition. We also received a green light from the National Center for Research and Development for a project, the effects of which are, for example, the page on which you are currently on :) Together with the new edition, a brand new rover was designed. It lost its streamlined shapes for a more functional look. In addition, the suspension has been improved and the electronics inside the vehicle have been revised. The interface has not changed as much as the robot - the changes were rather cosmetic. Small errors have been corrected, such as displaying names in different language versions, but the page was not designed from scratch, as in the case of the rover. The competition formula also remained the same as in the previous edition. New questions regarding objects were invented, and a semi-automatic checking system was also designed. Still, the teams, having at their disposal geological materials, searched for interesting objects, which were then to be examined and described in the report. In the second half of March, we visited the winners of the second edition to conduct the workshops we wrote about previously. Saturday, March 25th, was devoted to workshops for carers of another group of teams. Teams were given a month to prepare the Flight Plan and training on the simulator (which was also improved and enriched with several additional functions). The next weeks were spent on final rides and writing reports. The last team faced Mars on May 16th. Finally, the teams: Warriors (59/100) from Jasło in the Middle School category and Solar Squad (62/100) from Zielona Góra in the High /Technical School category were awarded the first place. Similarly to the previous edition, the prize for the winning teams was a workshop, which we combined with the promotion of the ReMY project. The Final Gala took place on 27th May 2017 and ended the series of competitions organized by the Copernicus Science Center and ABM Space. During three editions, we have operated 75 teams and 332 participants. We have gained a lot of experience in organizing, designing software and hardware architecture, as well as designing a rover and developing a control, positioning and streaming system from cameras placed on the robot. Thanks to this, we were much more confident in the development of individual project elements in the lead-in phase. The "old" system is still used by us as the "alpha version". It is primarily our "test site" - we use it to check solutions that will be implemented in the project. Besides, we can present it as a "mini" version of the whole concept - sometimes one picture or one minute spent on operating the rover will express more than a dozen of sentences that we will articulate during a rigid presentation. We have really fond memories of our cooperation with the Copernicus Science Center when organizing ReMY competitions. It is possible that in the future we will undertake such an endeavor again - be it with the Copernicus Science Center, or with any other educational unit, or alone. For now, however, our forces are reflected in the current project - this is our main goal now. Maciej Ślęk, ReMY Gameplay Developer

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4/12/2018 9:57:45 AM

ABM Space warmly invites you to the 18th Toruń Science and Art Festival, which will take place on April 21-24, 2018 in Toruń! Our booth will be located in the parking lot in front of the Modernity Center Mill of Knowledge at 5 Łokietka street in Toruń. You can visit us everyday between 11:00 and 15:00. We will offer a number of attractions, and at any time will be happy to tell you about our flagship project – ReMY - "Remote Mars Yard". In addition, we will give you the access to rovers which were constructed by us - the best operators can expect prizes :) Everyone who completes the task in the ReMY Simulator (i.e. a virtual environment) will be able to test one’s skills to control the robot, which is located on the mock-up of the Martian crater, which is based in the headquarters of our company, quite nearby, at 5 Prosta street in Toruń. Today a few kilometers, soon - neighboring planets! THE TIMETABLE OF THE EVENT FOR EACH DAY: 11:00 – 12:30 – control of the MAGMA rover on the site of the parking lot of Modernity Center Mill of Knowledge. 11:00 – 12:00 – system ReMY symulator. People who will successfully complete a short task will be able to control a real rover on the Mars mock-up. 12:00 – 13:00 – people who conducted training on the simulator can now face the real terrain and the rover. 13:30 – 14:30 - ReMY competition where skills and swiftness will count. Each user will control the rover in a simple competition. For the winner - the prize! 13:30 – 15:00 - control of the MAGMA rover on the site of the parking lot of Modernity Center Mill of Knowledge. ReMY Team

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3/28/2018 11:34:23 AM

The holiday season of 2016 passed very quickly. In ABM Space (no longer Education), work on the second edition of the ReMY contest, created together with ESERO, was underway (we wrote more about the beginning of this competition here) At the same time, with the design and construction of the new rover, we have been working on a completely new interface and game mechanics. The robot was slightly enlarged (in the first edition the electronics barely fit inside the body), and its upper body was modified so that it would be easier to get inside. The suspension has also been improved, although teams tortured it anyway, as much as they could :) The interface has changed quite crucially. In the first edition, the three-dimensional visualization of the rover was most exposed, and on its background there were: command line, camera image, telemetry data and position, base camera preview and mini map. We decided to end the dominance of the virtual view of the rover and reduced it to a fairly small window. This was to increase the relevance of the camera preview - they were now much more useful. Apart from major interface changes, we've also completely revised the positioning system. So far, synchronization of the physical and virtual rover was conducted on demand, with new localization algorithms and system architecture we could do it in real-time. Another big change took place in the field of communication with teams. The main medium continued to be in the form of e-mails, however, we created a mini-service, where teams could find helpful materials, regulations of the competition, trial versions and also create the Flight Plan (no more sending of Excel file) moreover, they could arrange the ride using schedule of available time slots. The very form of the competition has changed quite diametrically. Until now, it was enough to find important objects on the map and upload a few photos. In this edition, a rather comprehensive set of tips and information about Martian geological formations appearing on the map during the game was created. Teams had to read the materials to know how to plan a route and find as many objects as possible. In addition, the scoring has been modified. Finding objects during the game gave a small number of points - a maximum of 21 per 100. The remaining 79 points teams received for the report. It was necessary to specify the X and Y coordinates of the object and answer a few questions (closed and open). The teams had 4 days to write the reports, and each of them, after they were finally delivered, was assessed by ABM Space. In this edition analytical skills were much more important - the questions checked the ability to reason logically and read information from charts or other data carriers. Workshops for teachers in this edition took place on October 22, 2016 at the Copernicus Science Center. Final rides lasted from November 21 to December 6, and the Final Gala took place on December 17, 2016, also at the Copernicus Science Center. In the Middle School category, the Reymontowski Klub Odkrywców team (71/100) from Marcinowice won, while in the High /Technical School category: Marsjanusze team (54/100) from Ostrołęka. It should be noted that the results of the first and the second edition cannot be compared due to the multitude of changes in the competition itself. Also in this edition, each participant received a commemorative diploma of ABM Space, and for winners the stake was raised - we organized thematic workshops related to ReMY. We talked about the rover and its construction, creating an interface and a virtual environment and what is more, techniques of 3D printing were also presented. Before Christmas 2016, we also received information that the ReMY project was approved by the National Center for Research and Development. December ended with two positive accents - a successful competition and receiving of the funding :) And at the beginning of 2017, we started preparations for the third edition ... Maciej, ReMY Gameplay Developer

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3/16/2018 11:17:34 AM

Michał, Art developer This year, work on the Martian mock-ups, which are virtually completed, has continued. Each Martian mock-up was modeled according to the designs of dr. Anna Łosiak in the World Machine software. The next stage is to connect all the territories into one cohesive whole. The visualization of the hall was created in 3d (static renders for this moment), with the rover placed on a mock-up to determine the proportions and general analysis of the sizes and proportions of the objects. All the graphic elements needed to create the REMY portal, website layout, discussion forum, player profile, etc. were also generated. Krzysztof, Programming of positioning algorithms The development works on the visual positioning system are coming to an end. During the last tests, matching the physical robot with its counterpart on the virtual model was assessed as compatible on over 80% of the mock-up terrain. Currently, the work focuses on increasing the accuracy by, among others, integration with basic sensors. Maciej, Gameplay developer When it comes to gameplay, the main concepts of the gameplay, player development (career) and content during the game (mini games as an enrichment element) have been developed. Currently, they are developed and checked in a virtual environment. Then they will be implemented (and, of course, retested) in real conditions. Adrian, Robotic system programmer The communication system between the client application and the server has almost been completed. At this moment, the user can easily connect to the application server and create his own team with specific roles featured during the mission. The system fully supports checking the connection and its possible disconnection. Robot control from the client application level has also been fully developed and implemented into the system. The positioning system is currently in the testing phase. Preliminary results are very promising - the location of the virtual robot almost always reflects the location of its physical version on the mock-up. We are in the process of improving this system to ensure its full reliability! In the near future, the first scenario of the Mars mission will also be implemented. Łukasz, Programmer and communication specialist During the last year of the project, my work was related to the development of the portal's functionality and the associated API. Users have been given the access to the forum and the option of creating accounts on the portal. In addition, there are still incomplete modules, such as a store, booking of rides, which will most likely be made available on the day of the system's release. Radosław, Programmer The passing year was marked by intense works, these included creation of a ReMY portal: main page and forum. The incorporation of 'Fullcalendar' - an open-source calendar into the portal is currently ongoing. The calendar was written in JavaScript for the purpose of booking of rover’s ride. Things that are to be improved in this topic include adaptation to the color scheme of the portal, as well as transfer of the date of booking to the database. Adam, Infrastructure developer Work on the network and server infrastructure goes according to the schedule. Tests of the forthcoming network devices, which already provide redundancy and appropriately high throughput, are being conducted. Application and database servers are automated and proofed to failures. At the same time, the specifications of infrastructure components that will be purchased in the near future are being finalized. Missing image

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Alpha Version is available under individual arrangements on a 3m x 4m Mars mockup with scenarios tested by 75 schools during ESERO Polska sessions 2016-17. Selected system functionalities are available. Arrangements have to be done in advance.