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HOME OF SIMPLEXITY ROBOTICS

Researching reliable, autonomous underwater solutions.

ABOUT US

We are a private high school robotics team based in San Diego, California

Our team is composed of five tenth graders from two different high schools across San Diego. The team's robotics journey began with the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competition. Through competing in Robosub, our goal is to learn about autonomous underwater robotic vehicles by developing custom autonomous paths and testing out different mechanical designs.

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HydroX 2.0 (2023)

HydroX 2.0 utilizes Qualcomm's RB5 for vision processing and navigation. PX4 firmware is also used to control the propulsion system through off-board sensor data. The AUV uses an eight-thruster configuration modeled from Blue Robotics' BlueROV2 Heavy Configuration, allowing for six degrees of freedom.

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HydroX 1.0 (2021)

HydroX 1.0 incorporates the ModalAI VOXL companion computer combined with ModalAI's Flight Core. Additionally, two 4K high resolution cameras are utilized for our vision processing and navigation system. The frame of the AUV leverages the Blue Robotics' BlueROV2 design, which is composed of a six-thruster configuration.

TEAM STATISTICS

5

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

$7500

BUDGET

6

SPONSORS 

600+

HOURS SPENT

Our
Sponsors

We are very grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, whose commitment and belief in our mission have been vital in fueling our success. These companies and organizations have recognized the potential of robotics technology and have helped shape the future of innovative ideas.

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Our Team

Our team is composed of 5 highly motivated and passionate high schoolers from Westview High School and The Bishops School in San Diego, California. We aspire to research underwater environments in order to learn about state-of-the-art mechanical designs and software algorithms.

Technical Design Report

Throughout the past season, we developed a Technical Design Report (TDR) to document our software, mechanical, and electronics exploration.

Innovative Features - Mechanical

Magnetic Kill Switch

Our team designed a magnetic kill switch which disconnects the thrusters by cutting off the PWM signals from the ESCs when a diver pulls an external safety magnet. The design consists of three main components: an external magnet attached to a float for easy access, a custom printed circuit board (PCB) housing magnetic reed switches and connectors, and another custom PCB with a four-channel switch to control the motor signals. This design allows the AUV's control electronics to remain powered while disabling the thrusters, minimizing data corruption and enabling quick data extraction and subsequent runs.

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