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RoboRama 2008a

The Science Place at Fair Park
Northway Christian Chruch
LOCATION 1: Fair Park, 1318 2nd Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
EVENTS: Indoor events: Quick-Trip, Slalom
DATE: 10 May 2008
TIME: Contest starts at noon
LOCATION 2: Northway Christian Church
7202 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75225
Map and Directions (Google Maps)
EVENTS: Outdoor: Out and Back, Borenstein Square, Obstacles, Long Haul
DATE: 10 May 2008
TIME: Contest starts after indoor events complete

Outdoor Robot Challenge Events

Summary: Developed by David P. Anderson to help robot builders test and improve the navigational abilities of their robots. For complete details on the purpose, environment, and rules of these outdoor robot events, take a look at the link below this summary.

  • Out and Back - Drive from the origin to a point at least 100 feet away and back to the origin and stop. Distance is then measured from the stopping place to the origin. Shortest distance wins.
     
  • Borenstein Square - Drive from the origin around a square 100 feet on each side, clockwise or counter-clockwise as instructed by the judge, and stop at the origin. Distance is then measured from the stopping place to the origin. Shortest distance wins.
     
  • Obstacles - Drive from the origin to a point at least 100 feet away and back to the origin, with obstacles in the way. Distance from the stopping point to the origin is then measured. Shortest distance wins.
     
  • Long Haul - Drive from an origin point across the contest grounds to a point 500 to 1000 feet away, (to be determined at contest time) and back to the origin. Distance from stopping place to origin is then measured. Shortest distance wins.
     

Complete Outdoor Robot Challenge Rules and Description

Indoor Robot Challenge Events

Summary: Developed Eric Sumner as an alternative to previous DPRG indoor contests that relied on a physical course. Eric's goal is to try an event that relies on nothing more than a flat, open space and a few traffic cones.

  • Quick Trip - Robots race in head-to-head eliminations. Fastest robot wins.
    	Start                          Finish
    	      
             1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
    
    
                 O               O               O
    
    
             3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
    	
    The course will consist of 3 traffic cones in a line placed 8 feet apart. Robots will compete head-to-head in a single-elimination competition. Each robot must start completely behind the first cone, travel completely beyond the third cone, and then come to a stop behind the first cone again. The first robot to do this wins the match. In each pairing, the first robot to win two matches advances to the next round.
     
  • Slalom - Robots must traverse path around three orange cones. Fastest robot wins.
     
    	 Start
    	    1 - - - -       - - - - -       - - - - -
    	             \   /           \   /           \
    	              \ /             \ /             \
    		O      X        O      X       O       )
    	              / \             / \             /
    	             /   \           /   \           /
    	    2 - - - -       - - - - -       - - - - -
    	  Finish
    	
    The course will consist of 3 traffic cones in a line placed 8 feet apart. Robots will compete individually; the fastest single run time will be the winner. Each robot must start completely behind the first cone, travel completely beyond the third cone, and then come to a stop behind the first cone again. Additionally, the robot must cross the line of cones between each pair of cones it passes.

Prizes and Sponsors

  • A-WIT Technologies, Inc.

    A-WIT Technologies, Inc donated a full robot Kit based on their C Stamp microcontroller.

  • Budget Robotics

    Gordon McComb's Budget Robotics donated a robot kit

  • Circuit Cellar Magazine

    Circuit Cellar magazine donated 6 CD-ROM back-issue archive sets. Each set includes 12 CDs containing all back issues of Circuit Cellar.

  • Hitec RCD

    Hitec RCD donated 2 HSR-5980R robot servos and 6 HSR-1425CR continuous rotation servos.

  • Make Magazine

    Make Magazine donated a one year subscription to Make Magazine, a "Make: The First Year" boxed set, a "Make: Year Three" boxed set, one of copy of "Best of Make", and a some cool Make t-shirts

  • Parallax, Inc.

    Parallax donated a Toddler robot kit.

  • Small Parts, Inc.

    Small Parts donated a PanaVise set, Starrett 6" digital caliper, wire harness tool kit, and HSS 20 piece drill bit set.

  • Tin Can Tools
    3301 Clubview Drive
    Denton, TX 76226

    Local microcontroller manufacturer, Tin Can Tools, donated a complete Hammer ARM9 kit including Hammer board, Hammer carrier, and Flyswatter board along with cables, power supply

  • David P. Anderson

    will provide special award medals to winners of the outdoor events.

Results

See the RoboRama 2008a photo gallery

indoor Contest Report

There were six entrants for Quick Trip:
  - First Place was won by Erik Petrich,
  - Second Place was won by Scott Sumner, and
  - Third Place was won by Alexander Toops;
  - Doug Emes, Dale Wheat, and Shawn Breuklander each earned an
    Honorable Mention.
    
Slalom was entered by three robots:
  - Dale Wheat and Ron Grant tied for first place, and
  - Shawn Breuklander took third.
      
Thanks go to
  - John Drummond, who provided the PA system even though I forgot to ask
  - The Museum of Nature and Science for letting us use their facility
  - David Anderson for doing an excellent job of organizing the outdoor
    portion of the events
  - Northway Christian Church for letting us use their parking lot on
    short notice for the outdoor events
  - All of the robot builders that came, whether or not they actually
    brought a robot
  - Our various prize sponsors that helped everyone go home a winner:
	Small Parts, Inc
	Circuit Cellar
	Make Magazine
	Tin Can Tools
	Hi-Tech RCD
	A-WIT Technologies
	Budget Robotics
	Parallax, Inc
	David Anderson

-- Eric Sumner
      

Outdoor Contest Report

Great DPRG robot event this weekend! Congratulations to all involved,
especially Ron and Ed for providing the_much_needed shade and water and
our videographers Ed and Scott and everyone with a camera.  We'll get
pictures up as soon as we can.  And special congratulations to everyone
that built and entered a robot and especially those recipients of the
coveted DPRG "WINNER" Gold Medals.
      
Eleven robots competed in three of the four outdoor challenges. Eric will
report on the indoor events. Here are the outdoor winners:
      
Challenge #1    1st Eric Petrich w/ Teeter-Totter
	        2nd Ron Grant w/ Whip
                3rd Robert Scheer w/ Tarzan

Challenge #2    1st John Abshier w/ Blank
                2nd Eric Petrich w/ Teeter-Totter
                3rd Robert Scheer w/Tarzan

Challenge #3    1st Robert Scheer w/ Tarzan
		      
Congratulations to all our winners!

Here is the full set of scores:
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Robot          Builder                           Challenge
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AJ              Alexander and Jordi Toops        #1: 25+ feet   6:19
      
Blank           John Abshier                     #1: 28 feet    2:09
                                                 #2: 7 feet     4:30   1st

Red Car         Scott Sumner                     #1: 29 feet    0:45

Tarzan          Robert Scheer                    #1: 18 feet    1:05   2nd
                                                 #2: 30 feet    1:45   3rd
                    				 #3: 20 feet    1:47   1st

Teeter-Totter   Eric Petrich                     #1:  6 feet    2:57   1st
                    			         #2: 18 feet    5:37   2nd

Daphne          Dale Wheat                       #1: 120 feet   4:00

Argonaut        Dean Hall                        #1: 19 feet    1:15   3rd

Boe-Bot         Doug Emes                        #1: 25+ feet   4:00

Tripod          Shawn Breuklander                #1: 25+ feet   no time
                Randy Dumse

Whip            Ron Grant                        #1: 7.5 feet   3:27    2nd

Tribot          Steve Garmon                     #1: 25+ feet   no time

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jBot was on hand to give a couple of demos of navigation and obstacle
avoidance and I together with some kids got to chase it around the
parking lot for the general entertainment of the folks in attendance.  

You can tell by the scores above that we are well on our way to a fleet
of outdoor hobby robots!  An impressive showing by all concerned.
      
best regards.
dpa

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