zero G autonomous
conjunction with NASA
JSC: it will be tested in
the NASA 'Vomit
Comet' 727, doing
parabolic flight paths
to simulate zero G.
contests, and rope-climbing robot contests
are just a few more
that are popular
around the globe.
Any group desiring to develop a
robot show or competition should
begin with strong leadership and
volunteers who don't mind expending
the many extra hours that are
required to bring the event into being.
If an event is planned for your
meeting area, a simple request to all
members to bring their completed or
works-in-progress robots to a show
and tell will suffice.
However, if the event is to have
competitions, judges, written rules,
imagination are required to
put on a great show and
As with any column,
I have only just touched on
a few of the events across the world
and tossed out some ideas.
Competitions not only offer robot
enthusiasts a stage on which to show
off their creations, but an enjoyable
way to compete with their peers.
Winning can be just a way to say "I
did it," and contestants can walk away
with a nice plaque or prize. Whatever
the reason, robot competitions are
fun for both the participant and the
As with any group effort, you will
quickly find that 10 percent of the
people will end up doing 90 percent
of the work required to put on a
successful event. If you're part of that
10 percent, just smile and do your
best as the results will be the final
prize for your hard work. SV
Figure 24. Dallas Robot Group's
Roborama line following contest.
Figure 25. DPRG's long haul outdoor contest in 2006.
Figure 26. NC State Underwater Robot Group's
Seawolf IV at San Diego RoboSub competition.
Figure 27. Robotics Maryland Team 2 and their Tortuga II
at San Diego competition.
Figure 28. Project GYRE Robot team from University of
Washington with zero G autonomous robot.
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