The game of chess is complex and requires intense strategy, and developing a robot that can play the game requires the same. So when students at IUT1 de Grenoble decided to create a chess-playing robot to compete in the French Cup of Robotics 2011 Chess’up! Competition, they turned to NI LabVIEW for help.
By using LabVIEW to design and program software, the students were able to create easy communication between the robot’s NI sbRIO-9632 module “brain” and its movements. The students were able to operate complex platforms simply and quickly because of the uncomplicated approach to programming that LabVIEW provides.
The chess-playing robot took 41st place in the competition, a very encouraging success for students that received their BAC two to three years prior and were competing for the first time. The robot ranked higher than many engineering schools, and the results were the best IUT1 Grenoble has seen in its eight years in the competition.