Fw: Northwest Robot Sumo Exhibition
- ----- Original Message -----From: bill harrisonTo: howvin@...Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 9:26 AMSubject: Northwest Robot Sumo ExhibitionHi,
We did our first Northwest Robot Sumo Exhibition last Saturday.
This was to complement the annual Spring Northwest Robot Sumo
Tournament. The Exhibition gives builder enthusiasts a chance to see
what their robots can do in actual competitive situations, just like at
the Tournament, as well as a chance to show off their machines. The
Exhibition gives the audience a chance to watch the machines, with some
being introduced to Robot Sumo.
Builders have plenty of time to work on their robots before
Spring Robot Sumo activities, if they run a robot at the Exhibition.
Some builders can decide to get into building Robot Sumo machine, and
have enough time to complete it before Spring. But also, it gives yet
one more event for Robot Sumo Enthusiasts to come participate in.
We gave out "door prizes" by drawing names out of a hat, but
otherwise there were no prizes. The Mock Tournament was just for fun.
The number two winner at the SRS Robothon, Goliath beat the number one
winner Broken Rib in a mock grudge match. We even had a six legged
Robot Sumo go up against a two legged Robot Sumo. Everyone had fun, and
I hope excited about participating in Robot Sumo.
Randy Carter and I designed and built a Scoreboard especially
for Robot Sumo. It was 8 feet wide and stood 10 feet tall! It's made
out of thousands of those tiny Christmas decoration lights. The
Scoreboard included two clocks, each with multiple functions, and
several status indicators. It includes places for the competitors
names, and chaser lights for excitement. It wasn't quite complete,
mostly lacking the colored plastic face sheets, but had enough function
to be used for scoring. The audience loved it. We'll have it polished
up by Spring.
We had invited examples of the new classes to be exhibited,
along with the existing Japanese and Mini Class. The only new class
machines that showed up was the 20 cm sq 1 Kg Lightweight class. No
operational Micro or Nanos showed. One person did have a half built
Micro, that he showed off (I have two more incomplete Micro in my lab).
I'm not sure about the Nano, but we are bound to see a Micro Robot Sumo
at the next event.
The Northwest Robot Sumo Exhibition was fun, and kicks off Robot
Sumo for this season in the Northwest. Good luck with all the rest of
the Robot Sumo events for the year :-)
Head Northwest Robot Sumo