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[DPRG] Re: Big Sumo Ring

Subject: [DPRG] Re: Big Sumo Ring
From: Earl Bollinger earlwbollinger at attbi.com
Date: Sun Dec 15 22:38:01 CST 2002

Well in interest to getting this started:
We are willing to build two autonomous robots for this 22cmx22cm class (my
son and I).
It's not like it needs a lot of intelligence to be a simple sumo bot, but
more is better.
Maybe a failure (not so good) robot might make three. Sometimes the first
robot shows you what you should have done. We won't be doing magnets or
vaccumn junk at this time. So I could use my wood ring for test purposes at
home. Anyway, I could always glue some magnets to the bottom of the robot if
I had to. But that might be interesting, if the magnet becomes unglued and
sticks to the ring top, very embarassing, not including getting it off the
table or losing out of default.

  I am not that interested in RC, I've done RC for a jillion years, and it
doesn't challenge me anymore.

   Of course, I would really like flat black paint on the ring, not this
glossy black stuff.
I just can't seem to get the IR sensors to work right with the shiny paints.

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Subject: [DPRG] Re: Big Sumo Ring


not wanting to toss any wet blankets, but seems like
the cart may be out in front of the horse here.  Maybe
a quick survey of how many folks are interested in
competing in such a contest might be useful?

Actually, "interested in" has in the past turned out not
to be such a useful question.  Lots more folks will say
"yes" to that question than ever actually get around to
building anything.

Right now there are enough folks interested in mini-sumo,
and enough mini-sumo robots now are built and being built,
that this has naturally evolved into a DPRG sponsored event.
Seems to me that route makes a lot of sense.

Once we go to a steel surface, especially a new class with
special 5 foot ring, most folks won't be able to test and
practice at home anymore which, in my experience, puts a
severe damper on the number of people interested in building
and competing.

If there really are enough folks interested in the larger
design class to build, let's say conservatively, at least
two, maybe three robots, then maybe we should start out
with a simple wooden ring, and see where it leads us.


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