During my year-long industrial placement at National Instruments I got to work on a fun team project during our working hours. The project my team built was an autonomous draught-playing pick-and-place robot.
As a multi-disciplinary team of Applications Engineers we were tasked to showcase the new myRIO embedded programmable device and it's Linux RTOS capabilities. We decided to build an autonomous pick and place robot capable of playing draughts against a human opponent by integrating several different disciplines such as image processing, machine vision, inverse kinematics, mechatronics and an open-source draughts engine. This project was developed in a group of 6 people and got to participate in a friendly office competition where it competed against three other similar projects. In the end the project won the internal competition and in turn the title of the best Applications Engineer Project of 2014 at National Instruments UK branch.