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[DPRG] Re: Contests at the Science Place

Subject: [DPRG] Re: Contests at the Science Place
From: Charlie W Youngblood chaz128 at juno.com
Date: Fri Feb 8 12:23:55 CST 2002

On Thu, 7 Feb 2002 21:20:52 -0600 (CST) "David P. Anderson"
<dpa at io.isem.smu.edu> writes:
>Any type of timing, manual or electronic, sounds
>good to me.  Rick's timers sound very cool and also
>hi-tech and I'm sure will make a very nice addition
>to our contests.  I'm generally of the opinion that
>if a guy wants to do something, let 'em do it!  
<little bit a snippin>

Great, can't wate to see the mockup!

>However ...

>Extra points were awarded for robots that could turn
>around at the endpoints because that was considered more
>sophisticated behavior than just reversing the motors, and
>so was encouraged.  
>Thus the points were weighted in such a way that the "smarter"
>robot got more points than the merely "faster" robot.  At one
>time, at any rate, each of the contests was considered a
>stepping stone to the next.  So the QuickTrip, down and back,
>was the simplest (some may remember the long-lost-Roger-
>Arrick's "OneBit" as the prototype).  Robots that had more
>advanced behaviors, like turning around at the endpoints,
>or demonstrating cognitive navigation, got more points.

Yes, I raced against Rogers legendary "no tran". It was a good 
example of the low tech approach. I aggree with you in what
you are saying, maybe I didn't go into as much detail in my 
explanation of why the rules are like they are. In one reply I was 
merely saying that it is cool to see people who can get the most 
out of what they have. Many people, many approaches. Flags 
are good, bio-timers are good, electronic eyes are good. 
Whatever works is good! Probably soon we will see the red 
laser beam starting line. It's all good. Hope to see you Saturday. 
	Charlie Youngblood

<lotta snippin of a lotta good stuff>

>my $.02 worth, see you saturday,
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