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[DPRG] Feedback: Roborama 2010b

Subject: [DPRG] Feedback: Roborama 2010b
From: Jeff Koenig koenig.jeff at gmail.com
Date: Sun Dec 5 11:57:16 CST 2010

I am also in agreement - parallel contests are not the answer.   I entered
at least one robot in each of the RoboRama 2010b events, so it would have
made it very difficult for me as a participant.  Also, it would have split
the crowd, would have required 2 MCs, etc.

The carpet messed up my robots too, but I'm not complaining.   A "hard"
floor would be better for most of the group's robots, though.  Carpet is
terrible stuff - years ago, the club bought what we thought was some good
low-nap roll-up carpet for contests, but it had a "grain" that made odometry
very, very difficult or impossible.

It would be good to have some time before the contest for test-trials.  We
had this at RoboRama 2010b, but there were also a lot of curious onlookers
(which is good!) who sometimes interfered with robot testing.

Speaking from experience, it would be VERY difficult to have certain events
at certain times, especially without a sign-up list completed in advance.

It seems like the biggest time drain was for the Square-Dance competition.
Maybe we could cut it from 3 attempts to 2 attempts?

(Old-time members will remember waiting a LONG time for small robots using
hacked hobby servos to complete the T-Square contest on the old, large

My (overpriced) 2 cents,

On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 8:59 PM, Scott Sumner <scottinthebooth at gmail.com>wrote:

> I agree that parallel competitions is not the way to go.  Perhaps some sort
> of published schedule for specific competitions instead of just "when we get
> to it".  I realize that the number of bots may preclude an on-time start but
> a schedule that says "square dance is at 12 noon, RoboColumbus will begin no
> earlier than 1:30"  so that people can arrive for a specific event might be
> better.
> Scott
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM, John Abshier <jabshier at kc.rr.com> wrote:
>>  I was a victim of the carpet, but I don't mind.  Robots operate in the
>> real world.  I liked tabletop (I competed) and RoboColumbus (I did not
>> compete).  I don't like parallel competitions.  You have to pick what to
>> watch.  Perhaps Square Dance could be speeded up by allowing only 2 tries.
>> John Abshier
>> PS. Thanks for the competition.  It was fun competing and seeing how
>> others approach the problem.  I always learn something.
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