PDXbot05 Now there's something to do in May, too!
- The Portland Area Robotics Society announces that this year's annual
contest-PDXbot'05 - will be held Sunday, May 1st this year. That's a
than usual, so start getting your robots ready now! The Folks at PSU
allowing us to use the Smith Center Ballroom again, and parking will
again be free.
This year, we are offering several competitions.
SRS-RoboMagellan- We have decided to offer this great new outdoor
contest as envisioned by the Seattle Robotics Society. Same rules as
Seattle, with a twist of being in a somewhat more restraining
environment on the
South Park blocks, right in back of the Smith Center. Get those
sensors working! The exact time and date for this event hasn't been
set due to
scheduling concerns (it could be Saturday or Sunday), so keep
checking at the
PDXbot web site www.pdxbot.org for the latest updates.
Sumo- Contests will be held in five classes this year: Nano, Micro,
Beginner's Mini, advanced Mini, and 3kg classes. No hold down
devices (vacuum or
magnets) will be allowed in any class.
Line following- We are offering Beginning and advanced versions of
contest. If we have enough contestants, we'll have head-to-head
Walker race- Last year's popular out and back race returns with some
Talent show- If you have a neat robot, bring it and show it off. If
judges like your robot, you could walk off with a prize!
A note on rules- In an effort to make your robots able to compete in
contests, we have been working with our friends in the Seattle
Society to unify the rules for most contests. You'll find that this
Robothon will use the same rules for most of these contests, so you
won't have to
modify your robots to meet differing rules. Now you have no excuse
build that great new robot! We didn't get around to unifying the
Sumo rules, but
they aren't that much different anyway. The same robots seem to do
both contests. All the rules are posted on the PDXbot site.
PDXbot.05 will include new and improved tech displays, vendor
demonstrations, Items for purchase, food, a Kid's robotics zone,
raffles, and fun for the whole family. Admission is free! Plan your
Visit the PDXbot web site www.pdxbot.org for information on rules,
travel information, venue directions, and information on our
And, if you haven't been to a PDXbot event, you can see what one is
going to the PARTS web site ( www.portlandrobotics.org ) and
clicking on the
merchandise link to get a copy of the PDXbot04 and '03 DVDs.