scored a goal cone on his second run, with 1: 23 for the
Silver medal. SACbot out of Walnut, CA touched the goal
cone and bonus cone #2 on its first run for a modified time
of 2: 21 for fourth place. Unfortunately, that was just out of
the medals, but SACbot’s third run was spectacular!
As SACbot tried to climb the curb to the “Bonus Cone
of Death” (a cone that was off the map on a curbed
island), there was smoke! Watch the video on You Tube. (A
link is provided in the “Additional Material” section.)
The most inspiring RoboMagellan entry was
Thunder Waze from Brazil (Figure 5). One member of the
team in particular — Tiago Shibata — worked particularly
hard having two poor runs to start. The first one barely got
off the starting line. Then, on the second run, the robot
went crazy running around in circles. After hours of
tweaking (the event took over five hours total), on its third
run Thunder Waze made a beautifully simple 100 yard dash
with a less than 90 degree left turn and another 50 or so
yards, and touched the goal cone in one minute 39
seconds, beating Team SACbot by 42 seconds for the
It was a wonderful thing with the time, energy, and
effort applied under pressure. This is what RoboGames is all
about — the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!
Finally, another veteran of RoboGames, Savage Solder
did the impossible and touched the Cone of Death with its
incredible “.01” multiplier (no one was supposed to be able
to do this). With a real run-time of 3:04 and a multiplier of
“.01,” this drove his modified time down to 1.84 seconds
which has to be some kind of RoboMagellan record.
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Figure 6: The Indonesian team(s) swept Robot Fire Fighting. Rodi
Hartono (center) took Gold with his fire fighter DU114-R.
Figure 8: The always masterful Mark Setrakian took Gold in the Kinetic
ArtBot event with his creepy-cool Axis.
Figure 7: Nick Donaldson (King of the Hexapods) and son with his Gold
medal walker, Glider.