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[DPRG] RE: SWARC at RoboRama

Subject: [DPRG] RE: SWARC at RoboRama
From: rten at new.metronet.com rten at new.metronet.com
Date: Tue Sep 9 17:15:02 CDT 2003

The good point about battlebots is that competitors must learn good
mechanical skill to stand a chance. Can lead to better robots!

On Tue, 9 Sep 2003, Chuck McManis wrote:

> Ralph's sentiment is a common one, and one that I shared for many years.
> However, after building a BattleBot and competing with it I discovered that
> my overall robot building skills had improved tremendously. The reason is
> that combat robotics puts special emphasis on mechanical construction and
> power electronics. I've come to see an R/C controlled robot to be analogous
> to a robot simulator. In the latter case the builder has thrown out the
> "hard" problems of building sensors and mechanical contrivances to focus on
> the AI of the robot. In combat robotics most of the software has been
> thrown out to focus on mechanics and electronics.
> So perhaps a better question would be to ask if you would also not allow
> people who only "simulate" robots a table at Roborama? If the answer to
> that is also "no" then you are completely consistent, if the answer is
> "yes" then you have to evaluate your reaction to the SWARC guys. I'm sure
> the event will be fun either way.
> --Chuck
> At 04:17 PM 9/9/03 -0500, rten at new.metronet.com wrote:
> >A robot with R/C is immediately no longer a robot.
> >Ralph

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