Robot Battles 47 took place over Labor Day weekend during DragonCon in
Atlanta, GA. At DragonCon, Robot Battles
consists of two independent events. On
Sunday, the one and three pound machines
compete in an eight foot arena; on Monday,
the 12 and 30 pound machines compete in
a Sumo style competition on a set of stage
risers. The Robot Battles rules can be viewed
Eleven 12 pound bots and eight 30
pound bots competed in the Robot Battles
event. As is common in these events, a
range of strange and wonderful machines
turned up to compete in a double elimination
tournament for the title of Robot Battles champion.
Among the 12 lb entries were Oops (Figure 1),
a strong aluminum brick; Meat Head (Figure 2),
a powerful pusher; 1 Minute Bot (Figure 3), a wedged
pusher and the 2012 runner up; Steel Cordon Bleu
(Figure 4), a robot with ramming spikes and grippy wire
brush wheels; Omega Force (Figure 5), an invertable bot
with a kinetic flipper; and Served Cold (Figure 6),
a massive 12 lb robot with a dustpan style scoop.
Among the 30 lb entries were Trident (Figure 7),
a wooden wedge; Mister Fun (Figure 8), a wedge with
a strong drive system that was missing its intended
hammer weapon; Null Hypothesis (Figure 9), a fast
powerful ramming wedge; and Dandelion's Revenge
(Figure 10), the carcass of a lawnmower with the still-working popper of a child's toy mounted to the top.
In the 12 lb and 30 lb classes, each match is fought
in a Sumo style format with the winner being the first
bot to reach two wins. In the event both bots leave the
combat surface at approximately the same time, the bout
is declared a draw and the robots return to their starting
locations. The lack of arena walls makes for fast-paced
matches with often surprising results.
30 SERVO 11.2013
; by Mike Jeffries DragonCon Robot Battles 2013 EVENT REPORT:
The Robot Battles combat surface before one of the 30 lb rumbles.