Robot Battle – January 30, 2005

The Robot Battle segment on NTV’s “World Records” program yesterday was even more interesting than the previous week’s competition. Here’s a few highlights:

The engineers/designers were all extremely ‘hands-on’, and almost always hold their robot in one hand while they program routines on the computer to drive it.

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This particular competitor is a motor specialist. He designed and constructed special heavy-duty motors for his robot. One of his test routines is to have the robot punch a large metal chest across the floor.

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The competitors usually have a good sense of humor. This robot did a great imitation of a sumo wrestler’s routine.

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Of course if your robot is going to compete, what better way to show off its power than to have it break a stack of bricks?

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One quick, strong, and true blow was all it took.

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The other competitor was also very hands-on.

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His robot, Omni-striker, featured a long shaft connected to one hand that could be rapidly extended. . .

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while the other hand came equipped with a mini-robot sized samurai sword.

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This weeks battle was extremely hot and hectic. Lots of pushing, shoving, and a fair share of blows being landed right on target.

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One very unusual, but totally within the rules, strategy is to stand on your head as the robot on the left is doing.

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Pushing, pushing, and more pushing. . .

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And sooner or later one of the robots goes flying out of the ring.

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