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[DPRG] Contests at the Science Place

Subject: [DPRG] Contests at the Science Place
From: Charlie W Youngblood chaz128 at juno.com
Date: Thu Feb 7 12:15:25 CST 2002

On Thu, 07 Feb 2002 00:00:41 -0600 Sluggy <slugmusk at linuxlegend.com>
writes:
>I think I see now. You are concerned about robots that reverse the
>course without turning around in area B. They are generally the
>minority. Even so, I think that starting and stopping the clock on the
>leading edge each direction of a 3 foot long robot that doesn't turn
>around in area B is just as fair as starting and stopping on the front
>edge of a 6 inch long robot that does, so long as both robots fully
>enter both areas.

Accually they are the majority of the winners. At the last robo-rama I 
attended, the top 4 to 5 robots did not turn around. A 3 foot long robot
is definitely a minority, since I believe that the numbers are zero in 
the DPRG.

>As I've maintained, if we want to start timing electronically, we should
>keep the timing system simple and reliable. That pretty much requires
>that we either trigger on whatever edge of a robot breaks the beam 
>first
>in both directions or we have to specify the configuration of the robots
>or complicate the sensing system to ensure *consistent* triggering on
>the leading edge at the start and the trailing edge at the end of a 
>run.

Human timmers work great. I agree. :-)
	Charlie Youngblood

>We can avoid the whole issue by retaining the human judges with
>stopwatches, which is good enough for me. :)
>
>Sluggy!
>
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