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the Intrepid made quick work of getting
to its destination. Rival team Zippy also did
surprisingly well and shared the gold
medal. There was a strange incident when
one of the bots suddenly veered off
course and chased after an unsuspecting
dog. After much barking and jumping
around, the dog seemed to scare off the
bot as it resumed on its way.
Robo Soccer was back this year with
a large number of Robo-One entries.
Contestants came from South Korea,
Taiwan, Russia, the UK, Japan, India,
Austria, and the US. One notable match
was between the US and Austria. The
Hi Tec team, led by RoboGames founder David Calkins,
fought hard to hold off advances from the Austrian team.
Much of the time was spent picking up fallen robots. (Why
do they insist on using astroturf?) A last minute maneuver,
and suddenly the orange ball was kicked into the US goal.
Up in the mezzanine area overlooking the games are
the art bot displays. Art bots add a unique quality to
RoboGames. Creativity and fun added to an otherwise dry
technology boost the possibilities of new ideas. Plus, they
look cool. For artist Liz Mamorsky, this was her first robot
event. Using circuit boards as her canvas, she creates little
bot people. In the kinetic arts
category, Marko Galt’s
“Mechanical Woman Walking”
is a beautifully crafted brass
>> Artist Liz Mamorsky.
sculpture that uses a counter weight to tighten a spring
that causes the arms and legs to “run” in mid air.
A powerful aspect of the RoboGames event is its
all-volunteer crew. These dedicated people — some of
whom also participate with their own bots — help make
these games a powerful and cohesive force. Five years is a
long time to keep the same group together, and they do it
for the love of the robot. SV
>> Titanium sparks.
>> Red Dwarf team.
>> Red Dwarf vs. Dog.
>> Texas Heat.
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