RSA - July Robot News and Events
- ROBOT GAMES & EXPO - SUNDAY JULY 27 IN SAN FRANCISCO!
From NASA explorers to homemade robots, the RSA Robot Games and Expo has it all!
Yea, yea, yea, I know... These robo-event e-mails are always filled with hyperbole, but this event really will knock your socks off!
Or double your servos back!
See demonstrations, displays, and a multitude of ingenious competitors. The event will feature robot related videos, lectures, displays, interactive bots, and other great events from robot companies, groups, garage-based mad-scientists, and multi-million dollar research organizations. If you can't make robodex in Tokyo, make it to the RSA Games (how's THAT for salesmanship?)
WHEN: Sunday, July 27th, 12-7pm
WHERE: Ft Mason - map : http://www.robotics-society.org/ftmason
HOW MUCH: $10 for adults, kids are free!
OUT OF TOWN? http://pacificmotorinn.com
FLY INTO OAKLAND: http://southwest.com (it's cheaper)
* Ant Weight Combat - SOZ bots are back in a destructive flurry to determine top bot.
* Robot Sumo - Compete in amateur robotics oldest surviving sport!
* Walker Challenge - We want your 4-, 6-, or 8-legged walking 'bots!
* The Line Slalom - 10-foot curved track. No remote controls. Are you good enough?
* Lego Mindstorms Challenge - Anyone with a Lego Mindstorms kit can compete.
* B.E.A.M. Robot Competition - Fast as fast can be!
* Aibo Performer - Competitors program their Aibos to perform tricks or routines. Cutest bot wins.
* Open/Best of Show - Best engineered, youngest builder, best Lego design and others.
The rules for the above are at: http://www.robotics-society.org/rules
Not that anyone ever listens to me, but please register your robot. I'm making it very simple:
JUST SEND US AN E-MAIL: reg-2003a@...
Include your name, your robots name, and the competition (mini-sumo, ant-weight, best of show, etc.).
IF YOU CAN'T COME YOURSELF, SHIP YOUR ROBOT AND WE'LL COMPETE IT FOR YOU AND RETURN IT WITH ANY
PRIZES YOU WIN! IF YOU WIN OR PLACE, WE'LL PAY TO SHIP IT HERE AND BACK.
If your just want to show off your robot and not compete, email me and we'll arrange for you to bring it. We'll even let you in for free and give you a pretty four-color collectible badge (unless your name is Peter Abrahamson.)
FUJITSU'S HOAP FLIES TO AMERICA
Thanks to the efforts of Cliff Thompson, we have an amazing guest for the Summer Games - Fujitsu's $75,000 HOAP walking robot! Do not miss this chance to see it!
SINGAPORE TEAM TO COMPETE!
Once again, Ngee Ann Polytechnic will be bringing a team of students and teachers to compete in the 3 kg sumo class. For those who remember, this fantastic group competed at our Spring Games last year at the Exploratorium. If they can take the time and money to fly all the way across the Pacific, you can field your own 3 kg sumo - even if you have to upgrade your 500g mini or build a new one!
This is a great opportunity to test your full sized sumos! I'm upping the prize money to $300 for 3 kg sumos. The winner of the 500g mini-sumo competition will still pull in $100.
VENDORS AT GAMES
There will be lots of vendors at the games - both selling robots as well as just demonstrating them. So if you've been thinking about buying a robot, or just need some parts for your tool box, don't forget your checkbook!
You're getting this e-mail because you're on a list-serve or yahoogroup. We have a much better, HTML formatted version with even more stuff (which doesn't include this disclaimer.)
No really, it's worth it. I only send out this thing 14 times a year, and it's all about robots. You'd like it.
Would I lie?
OK, don't answer that. Just subscribe:
UPCOMING ROBOT EVENTS:
Las Vegas, NV
Great Plains Robot Showdown
Ft. Benning, GA
AUVS Aerial Robotics Comp
Grand Prairie, TX
RSA Summer Games and Expo!
San Diego, CA
AUVS Undersea Robotics Comp
Got an upcoming event?
Add it at http://robotics-society.org/add-event
or E-mail events@...
ROBOT NEW AND LINKS
* Robot Sub goes missing - Lost at 35,000 feet: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-07-01-Sub-missing_x.htm
* Nature may not, but people love a vacuum: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20030701/25642.html
* RHex - The Compliant Hexapod Robot If only all cockroaches were this cool: http://www.rhex.net
* nBot Balancing Robot - Ever want to make your own Segway: http://geology.heroy.smu.edu/~dpa-www/robo/nbot
* HRP-2 Promet - Humanoid Robot http://www.kawada.co.jp/ams/promet/index_e.html There are some great photos @ http://pc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/2002/1210/promet.htm and an amazing video @ http://download.watch.impress.co.jp/pc/2002/1210/hrp2.mpg
* Real Terminator Robots Stan Winston moves beyond CGI: http://actionadventure.about.com/cs/weeklystories/a/aa062403.htm
* Asimo visits Tampa - helps excite kids about science: http://news.tbo.com/news/MGADTAIKFHD.html
* Local 47 DNA Lab Uses Robot To Battle Backlog: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ibsys/20030605/lo_wpbf/16455
-David Calkins, President
Robotics Society of America
Silicon shall replace Carbon.
The revolution will be automated.