Fire fighting hosted by Bob Allen (another RoboGames
institution) started Sunday (April 5th) at noon. This year’s
fire fighting contest had 10 entries: two teams from
Indonesia; two from Nevada; and three teams from Silicon
Valley. The Indonesian teams had a combined entry of five
competitive robots, so that set the playing field, with
DU114–R being the most competitive this year by putting
the candle out all three times.
This Indonesian robot is one of the best, having taken
first place in the last four years at RoboGames and this year
was no different. So, the battle was for second and third
with five of the robots only putting the candle out once in
their three attempts.
The time between second and third was only two one-hundreths of a second, with Zharfan taking second and
Dendi taking third. As mentioned earlier, the Indonesians
were a powerhouse at RoboGames, also making a clean
sweep of the fire fighting (Figure 6).
Speaking of powerhouses, another robot
builder of note managed to sweep a whole
category all by himself. Nick Donaldson (the
guy with a monkey on his shoulder) swept all
three medals in the “Walker Challenge” for the
UK. He might as well claim the title “King of
the Hexapods” (Figure 7). Mark Setrakian of
Industrial Light & Magic fame showed off his
latest ArtBot Axis to claim the Gold medal in
Kinetic ArtBot (Figure 8).
However, my favorite robot at RoboGames
this year was Kosan-Kun by Tetsuji — a
delightful drum-playing robot from Japan
(Figure 9). I understand from Tetsuji that he
has an entire robot band! Finally, another
RoboGames and Maker Faire institution Erin
This is a moonshot dream of a world where everyday
objects move around and adjust to our various needs;
spaces that shapeshift to our commands. She demonstrated
a headband which could control various robotic
components just by head movements and eventually
thought patterns. The headband with its Mercurial Wings
looked absolutely fabulous!
All throughout the weekend, the combat robots roared
(Figure 11). The Heavyweight combat class at RoboGames
was almost evenly divided between veteran, ranked
competitors, and brand new fighting robots. The medals all
went to older more seasoned machines, however. Brazil
took the Gold medal with RioBotz’s Touro Maximus (Figure
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Figure 9: This was my favorite robot of
RoboGames: Kosan-Kun by Tetsuji — a delightful
drum-playing robot from Japan. He took Gold in
Figure 10: Erin Kennedy (a.k.a., RobotGrrl) shows off her shapeshifting
Rapidly Deployable Automation System earning Canada the Gold in Best of Show.
Note the magic winged headband.
Figure 11: Of course, most of the crowd came to see the combat robots ... take a look
at some of the combat videos listed in the "Additional Materials" section.