When I arrived on Friday (April 3rd), the first order of business was setting up my
own HomeBrewed robot menagerie,
including the Black Mast Dancers
(Figure 1). The first person I
encountered was Steven Nelson — a
RoboGames institution. Steven is
always at RoboGames ... wrangling
the combat arena together and
generally showing off his latest
creation (which is currently the
spunky little Beer2D2. Watch for an
upcoming SERVO article on Beer2D2
soon.) Next, I saw Bill Sherman who
hadn’t transformed into “Doc
Hadacoff” yet. He had spent the
night before soldering medals. He
demonstrated (among other things) his BarBot Elixirator and
his musical ArtBot Pendulum (Figure 2). A bit later, I saw
Bill’s lovely wife, Becky who too had a full day between
teaching school and getting to the big game. She is the
Mistress of Ceremonies at the Medal Podium.
Many of us have been involved with RoboGames since
the beginning. It’s in our blood. RoboGames, BarBots,
Maker Faire, Robot Block Party, HomeBrew Robotics Club ...
there’s always a robot-themed activity somewhere near
Soon thereafter, I encountered someone who seemed
familiar but I didn’t recognize. Then, it dawned on me. This
was Gaby Dlib — a Facebook friend from Mexico.
In addition to overseeing my menagerie of
HomeBrewed robots, I officiated two RoboGame events:
Table Top Nav and RoboMagellan. Friday evening was the
Table Top Navigation event (Figure 3). There were five
entries: three Indonesian; one USA; and one German. The
Indonesians are a genuine powerhouse at RoboGames
participating in everything from ComBots, fire fighting,
soccer, RoboMagellan, and Table Top Nav. I’ve known a few
of them for years (in particular Rodi, Taufiq, Februandi,
Galih, and Eko), and we’ve recently become Facebook
friends (there’s that Facebook connection again).
The goal of Table Top Navigation is to move a block
into a shoebox mounted at the end of the table. There
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Figure 1: My HomeBrewed menagerie, including the Black Mast Dancers
(a Kinetic ArtBot entry).
Figure 2: Steven Nelson and Bill Sherman (as Doc Hadacoff)
— two bedrocks of RoboGames. There's a video of Steven's
Beer2D2 in the "Additional Materials" section. Doc Hadacoff
took Silver in the Musical ArtBot category.
Figure 3: The Indonesians were real powerhouses in a variety of RoboGames events. Here, Galih
runs Gold medal winning Xerok-V15 through Phase 2.