Has anybody done any experimentation on taking a robot that works well on artificial grass and using them on a very forgiving real patch of grass ? It would be interesting to know how far off the league currently is given the current use of artificial grass. Would it be possible to arrange to have a small patch indoors on tarpaulin available at the competition for teams to test on? There would be several things we could possibly learn:
- Do current vision processing techniques work well?
- Are robots able to get up from (forgiving) real grass?
- Are robots able to walk on (forgiving) real grass?
In general I think that moving towards real grass both solves the problem of venue and teams being able to find suitable practice locations. This seems like a good step towards gauging how ready we are for the great outside, or at least where the challenges remain for teams. If we could arrange a test area then it could help drive roadmap discussion.
 An example of a “roll” of grass: