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compete (Figure 4). Otto is a
minimalist creation with a repertoire
of random actions that is sometimes
After the regular competition, the
traditional Grand Melee ensues where
all of the entries go at the same time
in a fierce “every critter for himself”
dust-up until only a single bot is left.
The audience loves this part.
This year (as is often the case),
SERVO Magazine donated prizes to
the first and second place winners
of the competition. Those
• First Place 2 lb class:
Erik Gaalema and his critter,
T-Bone (Figure 5).
• Second Place 2 lb class:
Kathy Bonnet (the one in red) and
her builder Ed Doherty and support
staff with Bradley (Figure 6).
• Third Place 2 lb class:
Steve Gaalema and his critter
A-Wing (Figure 7).
I couldn’t stay for the 20 lb
class, so I can’t report on how that
As usual, if you have any
questions about robotics, please send
them to email@example.com
and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Until next month, keep building
robots. You may earn favor with our
future robot overlords if they know
that you have! SV
Figure 4. Figure 5.