When we first started attending Robo-One competitions several years ago the robots seemed to spend most of their time either falling down in the ring, or completely off the table. Even last Spring (March, 2005) some of the robots obviously had balance and stability problems. Now, the amount of improvement is really amazing. Nothing illustrates this better than Sunday’s bout between MYRO-3 and OmniZero.2.
You couldn’t dream up two competitive robots that were so different. MYRO-3, from Korea, is a real heavy duty competitor. He’s so solid that the ring floors almost creak as he walkes across the stage.
OmniZero.2, in contrast, appears to be so light on his feet that you wouldn’t be surprised to see him take off and fly like a bird.
We’ve included a few sample sequences from the video (competition video at the end of this post) to give you a feel for why we were so impressed:
MYRO-3 (Korea) vs. OmniZero.2 (Maeda-san)
OmniZero.2 - Attack To The Side
OmniZero.2 throws himself at MYRO-3’s left side knocking him off balance
MYRO-3 goes down
MYRO-3: Use Mass, Patience, and Stability
MYRO-3 tries a back swing at OmniZero.2, but it quickly moves out of the way
Thinking it’s safe, OmniZero.2 moves in to attack. But, MYRO-3 is just waiting, then suddenly
swings backwards and knocks OmniZero.2 to the mat.
OmniZero.2 - Use the Opponent’s Weight and High Center of Gravity Against Them
OmniZero.2 attacks from behind targeting MYRO-3’s left side. Even though he weighs a lot less,
he uses his speed to build up momentum and knock his opponent off balance.
OmniZero.2’s strategy works perfectly. MYRO-3 doesn’t have enough time to react,
and quickly goes down.
How OmniZero.2 Stands Up
The way that OmniZero.2 stands up is really amazing. He stretches out fully, then raises his
legs high in the air. Then, as he whips his feed down, he actually raises his arms up.
As he continues to bend his knees, his momentum pulls his body up off the mat and into a
fully standing postion, ready to continue the fight.
Here’s the video: