🎉We can now proudly present the winners of the TAPAS Community Challenge 2018! 🎉
Congratulations to Team "Wireless Charging" (idea 56). We are really excited for all finalists and a really big thank you to all participants for your interest in this challenge!

We got over 200 submissions! 65 ideas got one or more TAPAS boards, 10 submissions were presentation-ready.
And now we have 5 finalists! YEAH 😃 The finalist's idea numbers were 40, 56, 68, 212 and 213.
What's next?
We are now preparing the next steps for you, the community. Please stay tuned!
We are working on a forum and a separate webpage. If you have any question please don't hesitate to contact us via email!

Automonous vision based lawn mower robot

Mowing lawns is boring and repetitive work. Existing ('autonomous') systems generally use wiring to detect the end of the lawn so the mower knows when to stop and turn. GPS accuracy is too low to fix the dependency on the wiring.


We think we can do better by building a 'smart' autonomous lawn mower, utilizing deep learning vision systems that are now emerging. The repetitiveness of the lawn is exactly why we think the mowing robot can be improved and the tapas board fits perfectly for the required control of the electronics involved.


Hardware set up:

Raspberry Pi as the motherboard + 2 camera PI modules (stereo vision)

2 Tapas board for drive-system (tankstyle steering, 2 brushless motors)

1 Tapas board for controlling the mower blades (powered by 1 brushless motors, initially, see below)


We have some ideas to improve the mowing blades (sort of a gimbal/height adjustment system based on the surroundings), but we are keeping that for a later version.



Our general background and education is in software development, but in our daily jobs we have designed software, hardware and 3D printed enclosures and parts for IOT developments.


Niels Brouwers: Software development and hardware design

Peter Schennink: Software development and hardware design

Hanna Husken: Software development and 3D printing

  • Niels Brouwers
  • May 30 2018
  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    May 30, 2018 12:39

    Hi Niels,

    thanks for your submission. As we went through your pitch we are not sure if your idea fits the criteria of the TAPAS challenge. Can you come up with another pitch?

    Nora @ TAPAS team

You can read the official challenge FAQ here!