the map. (Well, it is what it is ... amateur hour.) After
apologizing for no map, I sheepishly handed out blank
sheets of paper and we all walked the course with the
competitors calling out the coordinates for each cone,
taking care to make sure everyone copied the information
accurately. After all that, the event was on!
As mentioned, 18 robots registered, 14 showed up, 12
robots competed (that is, got off the starting line), and nine
touched the Goal Cone! That’s way better than last year
when no one touched it.
I believe RoboMagellan is probably one of the best
events at RoboGames because it involves full-scale robots
and it does something potentially useful: finding its way to
a specified GPS coordinate.
There was an interesting assortment of RoboMagellan
robots this year. While RC cars are the predominate base, a
homebrewed tricycle named Hodor from Old Guy Robots
was very competitive. There were four-wheel drive robots,
six-wheel drive, a Power Wheels™vehicle (also from the
“Old Guys”) ... even a hacked robot lawnmower (Team
In the end, Marco Walther took Gold for Germany (yes,
the same guy who won Silver in Table Top Nav). His big
RoboMagallen robot, EnDeckerL (the “L” stands for large)
earned a 12.06 second “game time” by touching the Goal
Cone in three minutes/13 seconds plus two . 25 Bonus
scores (3: 13 x . 25 x . 25). The robot “Sugoi” (USA) from
Team Pure Big Mad Boat Men earned Silver with a game
time of 18. 56 seconds (4: 57 x . 25 x . 25), and finally long-time competitor “Monty” (USA) from the Palos Verdes
Institute of Technology won Bronze with a straight shot
from the Start Cone to the Goal Cone in 43 seconds.
Sunday was Fire Fighting day. My good friend, Bob
Allen is the head fire chief and also a competitor. Since it’s
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Whiplash vs. Original Sin in the final match. Original Sin took Gold
after winning all five of his matches.
(Photo courtesy of Tony Woodward.)
Middleweights (120 lb) Blender vs. Touro hitting hard!
(Photo courtesy of Jon Bennett.)
Marcio from Brazil takes his dog, "Fido" for a walk. Fido features
glowing eyes, hard-wired remote control, and a viscious bark! His
head is made with an old boot and his ears are made from socks.
It's Taiwan vs. Taiwan in Middle Weight Kung Fu. Georgybuster
(nearside) earned Silver against Big Toe for Gold (farside).
(Photo courtesy of Michael Leon Overstreet.)