There is another place to win robot prizes now. The awesome peeps at CodeProject have opened a brand new section dedicated to hardware programming and there are prizes for the best articles. You will never guess what the prizes are and who donates them. Done guessing? Right! US! We are like the Santa of robots. RoboSanta if you will.
CodeProject is a tremendous resource for programmers with something like 850 zillion articles and 1 billion users. Hardware is new to them however and they need to kickstart that area. This is a good opportunity for our network of experienced hardware builders to write some articles and help spread robotics to a new crowd.
Time flies! It’s that time again to officially announce the next Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest. We’ve had a ton of incredible entries in past contests. Because it’s been so long since our last contest, we’ve decided it was time to start showing off some of the work that has kept us so quite by giving away one of our very own Interbotix Hexapods!
The goal of our contests have always been to inspire technological creativity, innovation and ingenuity through these talented individual’s unique projects. We invite everyone to help spread the word about this contest announcement to help encourage others to show off their talent.
I was lucky enough to attend the 2010 Korean Robot Games Festival, and let me tell you; it was an absolute blast! I’ve never before seen so many humanoid robots under one roof, and the competition there was really fierce. Builders from all over S. Korea, Japan, and a number of visitors from across the globe showed up for the Humanoid Kung-Fu tournament held there. Everything from smaller Bioloid bots to the massive Red Devil (which stood close to 3 feet tall and weighed well over 20lbs!) duked it out!
Here is a quick video that highlights some of the cool stuff to be seen there, be sure to check out our photo gallery as well!
How is that for an awesomely misleading post title? I must be spending too much time on DIGG lately.
We just learned about a really cool yearly underwater ROV competition that is put on by APASE (Arizona Promoters of Applied Science in Education). The contest is called NURC (The National Underwater Robotics Challenge) and this year the contest is “Quest For Nessie!” How fun!
The government of Scotland has hired you and your team to help find and tag the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Yes that’s right, the Loch Ness Monster! The Scottish Government says they know it exists for a fact now and need a professional robotics team to use an ROV to put a radio tag on it, as well as retrieve its egg from its nest.
Last years contest sounded fun too. It was called the Underwater Typewriter Repairman. Correction it was called Fire Under Ice and the winner was Underwater Typewriter Repairman. Here is a video from the winner:
When is the competition?
The competition will be held on June 11-13, 2010. The teams that make it to the finals will compete at night and their ROV should be able to provide its own lights. Finals will be from 8pm to 4 am.
Where will the event take place?
The event will be held at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona
Who may enter?
The competition is open to any home school, jr. high, high school, jr. college or university as well as private corporations or adult teams. Teams may consist of combinations of students, industry mentors, faculty members and parents. Students must however be the ones competing in all the parts of the competition. Adults can be team members, but the students do all the competing at the competition. Private corporations or adults are the exception, unless they have students. Jr. high, high school, colleges and universities, and corporations will be scored separately as categories, but they will all compete in the same mission. All adult teams can enter and compete and will be scored against the universities.
We came, we blew stuff up, we conquered! Mech Warfare at Robogames 2010 in San Mateo was an absolute blast! We had Fon Davis of Fonco Creative & MORAV show up with his crew and custom build us a fully destructible 1/24 scale urban arena! Needless to say, the arena looked AMAZING this year! We had a total of 14 teams registered and close to 30 people participating this year; the competition is growing leaps and bounds over its first year. We’re still recovering from a long weekend at Robogames but we’ll have plenty of more coverage of the event in short time. For now, here are the winners, some pictures, and a great post & video by BotJunkie that highlights the event very nicely. We had some really awesome and nail-biting matches that were down to the wire, and everyone involved had a TON of fun- we hope to see even more people getting involved for next year!
You may remember this very awesome Hexapod from a previous post, controlled via a custom iPhone app. Well iHexi has returned with a few upgrades; namely Android phone support which eliminates using a PC as a ‘go between’. Looks to me as though it’s moving a bit smoother too, definitely an impressive piece of work and the video has a pretty awesome soundtrack as well! Check it out!
On an unrelated note; our good friend Rob Farrell of Farrell Robotics posted this video of two DX-117 based humanoids duking it out at last years Korean Robot Festival; these are some of the more impressive lightweight humanoids I’ve seen!
Our good friends over at Lynxmotion have been a force to be reckoned with for well over a decade in the robotics industry; producing some truly inspiring and amazing robots over the years. My first ‘real’ robot was a Lynxmotion Hexapod 1 (the 3 servo variety) that I picked up back in 1997, and their product lines were one of the driving forces that got me addicted to robotics.
Well, they’ve impressed me yet again; Lynxmotion owner Jim and his son James, being robot enthusiasts and likewise fans of the Mechwarrior franchise, were intrigued with the Mech Warfare competition. Specifically they loved the biped aspect of it and so they set out to create a low cost competitive platform for Mech Warfare, and succeeded. Nicknamed ‘Hunchback’ and based around their BRAT biped platform, this is turning out to be one of the lowest cost and straight forward platforms for the competition. Currently there is a work-in-progress tutorial showing the build and code, and it looks like we have a very high chance of being treated to a complete kit allowing you to build your very own. If you’re interested in seeing how it progressed from prototype to near final revision, check out the project thread over on the Lynxmotion forums. Check out the following video of the Hunchback in action!
Our friends across the Big Pond at Robosavvy were lucky enough to visit the Korean Robot Festival this year. They took tons of pictures and shot a lot of video showcasing some of the world’s top humanoid competition robots! From slightly modified Robonova and Bioloid bots, to fully custom towering humanoids, all shapes and sizes showed up to compete. Pedro from Robosavvy did an amazing job of documenting his time there in this forum thread, anyone interested in humanoid robots will be delighted to check it out.
The thread linked above has the full details, but this video stood out to me as awesome; it’s a custom built humanoid using AX-12 servos. Check out how quick and agile it is!
Giving robots weaponry seems to be a recurring theme with humanity’s technological progression in robotics. Not that there is anything wrong with that; it’s not like something could ever go wrong in the future. Right?
In America, we’ve got Mech Warfare which implements archaic Airsoft guns and rockets. Japan however, has decided to step it up a notch and have equipped their robots with lasers. Building exploding, blindness causing, movie theater annoying lasers of destruction. To add insult to injury, they’ve even adding awesome PEW PEW PEW noises to their lasers! Why must you taunt us Japan, why?!? Not only do you make cooler robots, but now you’re giving them lasers. Totally not fair. The Robot BLASER Battles are definitely awesome though, check out their 2nd annual competition video below:
We came, we conquered. Mech Warfare’s first year at Robogames 2009 was a success. We had a professional video crew on hand to record the action from multiple synchronous security cameras mounted within the arena, and even threw our interns inside during a few matches. This video is a highlights compilation of some of the robots that competed, enjoy!