aren’t any specifications on the size of the table, the block,
or the shoebox. It’s more of a show than a contest, and the
judging is qualitative not quantitative; like how gymnastics
routine scores are based on difficulty, artistry, and
demonstration of required elements.
Technically, there are three phases: Phase 1 is simply to
move from one end of the table to the other and back.
Phase 2 is to push a block off the edge of the table, and
Phase 3 is to move the block into a shoebox mounted at
the end of the table. While most contestants just go for
Phase 3, the Indonesian teams did each phase in sequence,
and in the end they swept the event. Xerok took Gold,
Capit Silver, and Orangutan Bronze.
Saturday (April 4th) was the RoboMagellan event
(Figure 4). RoboMagellan is an
outdoor event where contestants are
given a GPS coordinate “goal” on
which an orange cone is placed. The
robot has to transverse a roughly 200
yard playing field with obstacles including trees, buildings,
light posts, trash cans, etc., and touch the goal cone, then
stop. Along the way, there are bonus cones which the
contestants can elect to touch (not required) which will
yield a fractional multiplier; that is, it will decrease the
overall run-time score. However, if the robot does not touch
the goal cone, no “timed score” is given and the score is
the distance from the goal.
There were 16 entries: 14 showed up and eight were
competitive, meaning they made it to within 20 yards of
the goal. Four managed to actually touch the goal cone.
Entdecker by Marco Walther from Germany had two decent
runs. On his last run (you’re given three), he touched bonus
cone #2 (a “. 5” multiplier) and ended up only four yards
from the goal cone. Kybernetes from the Robotics Society
at UC Merced (headed up by Nathaniel Lewis) was the
most consistent: four yards from the goal on the first run;
one foot away on the second run; and only one yard away
from the goal on the third — using just GPS.
Monty from the Palos Verdes Institute of Technology
Figure 4: Savage Solder from the USA
completes his impossible Gold medal run. A
link to the entire run including the "Cone of
Death" is in the "Additional Materials"
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Video of Beer2D2
Mechanical Olympics: RoboGames 2015 Kick-off!
Touro Maximus vs. Original Sin (RoboGames 2015 Heavyweight Final)
Garage Robot Combat at RoboGames 2015
Savage Solder - RoboGames 2015 RoboMagellan winning run
SACbot - RoboGames 2015 RoboMagellan - Third and smokeful run
Figure 5: After a very tough day, Tiago Shibata just completes his
Bronze medal run.