RoboJackets had a blast last weekend (October 13-14) at Sparkfun’s 2017 Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Twelve RoboJackets represented two of our teams and made a very good showing.
RoboRacing team member sizes up a bonus points target in the Autonomous Car Wars race
In the “Autonomous Car Wars” division, in which robots autonomously drive humans around a course (with the rider shooting Nerf darts at targets and balancing a cup of water along the way), RoboRacing swept the competition. Of the eleven entries in this class, our robot Bigoli scored over twice as many points as the nearest competitor. It was a class act, and its look and performance turned quite a few heads.
In the “Speed Demons” division, in which smaller robots autonomously navigate an obstacle course, RoboRacing had less success but still demonstrated noticeable improvement over AVC 2016. Our robot Macaroni scored the median among all teams but last of the three university teams in this division. Now that the effectiveness of our flagship, Bigoli, has been established, we can turn more attention to bringing Macaroni’s perception of its surroundings up to a similar level.
In addition to holding autonomous robot challenges, Sparkfun AVC is also one of the largest combat robot competitions in the country. BattleBots sent two of our best three-pound robots developed last year to join in, sporting improvements such as lightweight 3D-printed armor. Our robots Radiii and Snuttii represented GT and RoboJackets well, with win-loss records of 4-2 and 2-2, respectively. We hope to continue and improve upon this success for next year’s competition.
Our robots fought valiantly this past weekend at Motorama’s Robot Conflict event in Harrisburg, PA. We improved our designs from previous years to field robots able to take substantial damage as well as give it. One 3lb battlebot reached a quarterfinal and
Cathii, our 30lb battlebot, won her first ever fight!
The 27th International Robot Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, Japan has ended. We won a couple of matches and are bringing home 50,000 Japanese Yen in prize money. We’re glad to have made friends with various international teams. We thank the College of Computing for sponsoring our travel, Fujisoft for sponsoring us in the tournament, and all our other sponsors for helping us in the creation of the robots.
For more pictures of the tournament, please visit the gallery on Facebook.
At the RoboGames international robot competition in San Francisco, California, RoboJackets’ BattleBots team successfully defeated Heavy Metal using our horizontal spinning drum BattleBot, Mandii . Unfortunately, we were knocked out of the tournament by the highly destructive robot Touro created by RioBotz, a team from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, our Sumo bot took 4th place overall in the 3 kg R/C class and we were officially invited to the “International Robot Sumo Tournament 2015” held in December in Tokyo, Japan.