SURVIVAL OF THE ‘HIT’TEST
The long awaited Robot Survival Game
took place in Japan in July with eight robots
entering the fray. The event was similar to
Mech Warfare in that the robots were armed
(with airsoft guns) and controlled remotely via
onboard cameras. The most significant
difference between the two competitions
seems to be that the Survival Game doesn’t
penalize robots for having extra legs and allows
other mobility systems — leading to some
pretty interesting designs.
The hit sensors are actually quite brilliant
in their simplicity and effectiveness. The ‘tinfoil
hats’ cover light sensors, and when holes are
shot in the tinfoil, the sensors register more
light. When a certain threshold is reached, the
robot is declared destroyed.
Main regulations for the Robot Survival Game included:
1) Mobile bodies are not only multi-legged robots or biped robots, but also can be mobile by means of wheels or
caterpillar style traction.
2) Weapons are toy guns under 0.1 J and/or other similar shooting systems.
3) The equipped stopping mechanism of the body is by gun-hit sensor using a solar battery covered with tinfoil ( 6 x 6 x 6
cm cubed or 5 x 6 x 7 cm).
4) Robot control has to be done via images on a PC from a camera attached to the robot.
5) Participants have to handle toy guns carefully and put eye protectors on.
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