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[DPRG] Outdoor contest rules: Final

Subject: [DPRG] Outdoor contest rules: Final
From: -Old Dog- puppy_dog500 at yahoo.com
Date: Sun Sep 3 00:32:13 CDT 2006

Your asking if there will be any markers on the ground
that a robot can reconize? 

Not likely. Based on the course I laid out, there may
be chalk marks on the ground, but thats it.

-Martin

--- Ed Okerson <ed at okerson.com> wrote:

> Yes, but will a robot be able to understand your
> descriptions?  In other
> words, besides using GPS or odometry how will a
> robot know if it has in
> fact reached the waypoint as defined?  And how large
> of an error circle is
> there containing the waypoint?  Large enough to
> cover the standard 6 meter
> error circle of normal GPS?
> 
> Just trying to get clarification.
> 
> Ed
> 
> > Actually, Kenneth, I saw this coming.
> >
> > I laid out the course this morning. All points on
> the
> > course are defined by static landmarks. In other
> > words, based on my descriptions, a person should
> be
> > able to head to faire park and find all the
> waypoints.
> >
> > -Martin
> >
> > --- Kenneth Maxon <kmaxon at qwest.net> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Martin,
> >>
> >> Let me voice my appreciation for someone willing
> to
> >> take on this task and
> >> help define the contest while incorporating input
> >> from so many varied
> >> sources.
> >>
> >> No requests for changes here, just a note on one
> >> added piece of information
> >> that I think will help people in general who are
> >> building for this
> >> competition.  If you could define how the way
> points
> >> are marked flush on the
> >> ground this may be helpful...  Are we talking a
> >> paper "X" or just a stick
> >> scratch in the dirt?
> >>
> >> Again, thank you for taking your time to work
> >> through these issues and all
> >> of the input from its varied sources.
> >>
> >> -Kenneth
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: dprglist-bounces at dprg.org
> >> [mailto:dprglist-bounces at dprg.org]On
> >> Behalf Of -Old Dog-
> >> Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 10:39 PM
> >> To: dprglist at dprg.org
> >> Subject: [DPRG] Outdoor contest rules: Final
> >>
> >>
> >> All:
> >>
> >> Below are the final contest rules. Once again,
> let
> >> me
> >> remind you that the suggestion box is now closed,
> >> and
> >> that no more changes will be implemented. If you
> >> have
> >> any questions or issues, contact me privately.
> >>
> >> -Martin
> >> (Update, 9-1-06)
> >>
> >> Long Haul
> >> Concept: A robot must make its way across an open
> >> distance, and navigate towards three successive
> >> targets. (i.e. 2 waypoints 1, and a final
> target.).
> >>
> >> Environment: An open area with varying obstacles.
> >> Obstacles will become more difficult, as the
> robot
> >> nears the end of the course. Care should be taken
> to
> >> keep spectators at a safe distance.
> >>
> >> Eligible robots:
> >> 1) The competing robot must fit in a 5’ X 5’
> square
> >> in
> >> order to be eligible.
> >> 2) Any robot that weighs over 50 pounds must have
> an
> >> emergency shut-off switch physically tethered to
> it.
> >> The judges will check the kill-switch prior to
> >> qualifying the robot. The kill switch is not
> >> required
> >> for lighter robots, but is highly recommended.
> >> 3) No un-safe machines (as determined by the
> judges
> >> and contest coordinator) will be allowed to run.
> >> Public safety and club liability will not be
> >> compromised under any circumstances.
> >>
> >> Rules:
> >> 1) The competing robot shall start in a 5’ X 5’
> >> square.
> >> 2) The first and second waypoint shall consist of
> a
> >> point marked flush on the ground. In order to
> >> receive
> >> credit for reaching the finish line, the robot
> must
> >> stop at or near the end. Points will be awarded
> for
> >> how close the robot gets to the first and second
> >> targets.
> >> 4) The final target shall consist of a large
> >> relatively unmovable landmark. Points shall be
> >> awarded
> >> for how close the robot gets to the final target,
> >> and
> >> if the robot is able to stop short of actually
> >> touching it.
> >> 5) No human guidance will be allowed once a robot
> >> starts the course. The human may only activate
> his
> >> machine at the start, and de-activate it. With
> the
> >> exception of a kill switch, remote control is not
> >> allowed.
> >> 6) Each robot will get two attempts and a total
> of
> >> 20
> >> minutes to run the course.
> >> 7) A builder may touch his robot only once per
> >> attempt, in order to ‘help’ it. Any touches after
> >> that
> >> will result in the end of the attempt.
> >> 8) A robot will be considered to have completed
> its
> >> attempt, when it reaches the final target, when
> it
> >> is
> >> no longer able to move without human intervention
> >> (with the exception of one-touch per attempt), or
> >> when
> >> its builder decides to halt it.
> >> 9) A remote “kill switch” that stops the robot is
> >> not
> >> required, but is recommended. If the
> robot-builder
> >> uses a kill switch to stop his machine, that
> attempt
> >> is over.
> >> 10) Terrain will likely consist of any
> combination
> >> of
> >> dirt, grass, rocks pavement, or whatever else can
> be
> >> found and brought on the course by the contest
> >> coordinator. The terrain will get increasingly
> >> difficult as the robot approaches the end of the
> >> course.
> >> 11) Additional points will be awarded to each
> robot
> >> for the time-based place in which it completes
> the
> >> course.
> >> 12) Points will also be awarded for performance.
> >> 13) The course will be initially defined at a
> series
> >> of compass headings and distance. The way-points
> >> will
> >> be supplemented by latitude and longitude
> >> coordinates.
> >> These will be made available prior to the contest
> to
> >> allow contestants to calculate GPS data.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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