an outdoor area to a final destination.
The concept was patterned after the
DARPA Grand Challenge in which
teams with unlimited budgets could
modify standard cars and trucks to
autonomously navigate a specific
course. A RoboMagellan robot is
shown in Figure 22 at the starting
cone of the 2014 contest.
The SRS version uses 50 pound
or less autonomous robots smaller
than a 4' cube that navigate a
course from start to end, traversing
hills and obstacles (trees, gullies,
bushes curbs, etc.). Participants can
lower their time by locating and
touching waypoints along the
I've had the pleasure of judging
several Robothon RoboMagellan
contests, and can truly appreciate
the various entrants and their unique
means of solving the course. One
winning entrant — Nomad by Mark
Curry — is shown in Figure 23.
Many other robot clubs have
adopted versions of RoboMagellan for
their own competitions.
There are Many
Line following competitions are
very popular for many groups, such as
the contest by the Dallas Personal
Robot Group (DPRG) shown in
Figure 24. The Dallas group's contests
are not limited to small robots as
these large long haul robots attest to
in Figure 25. Figure 26 shows the NC
State Underwater Robot Group's
Seawolf IV at San Diego, CA’s
RoboSub Competition. Figure 27 is of
Robotics Maryland Team 2 Tortuga II
underwater robot. Figure 28 shows
the GYRE Project Robot team from
the University of Washington and their
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Figure 19. FIRST Robotics contestants. Figure 20. FIRST judges watch contestants and robots.
Figure 21. FIRST Team 847 performs final tweaks
on their robot before competition.
Figure 22. SRS RoboMagellan entrant begins run
at 2014 Robothon.
Figure 23. Mark Curry and his SRS
RoboMagellen robot, Nomad.
I want to thank all of the groups mentioned for the use of their photographs.