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Next weekend, Sparkfun is hosting the first ever Antimov Competition, which is a competitive competition for self-destructive robots. Here is their description of the task:

Do you love robots? Do you love destruction? Are you tired of the same old robot competitions? We’ve got just the thing for you: the SparkFun Antimov competition! Based on Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, the Antimov competition challenges you to design a robot which breaks the laws of robotics (well, except for hurting humans of course). A robot is traditionally designed to perform a complex task as efficiently as possible. Building a competent and efficient robot that completes its task unharmed is SO last year.

We want you to build a robot that completes a trivial task in the most inefficient and laborious way possible. Oh yeah, it needs to destroy itself doing so. Intrigued? We thought so! We ultimately wanted a competition that focuses less on engineering abilities and more on creative ingenuity.

This seems like it would be a good use of one of my latest inventions: a version of the most useless machine, whose arm is too short to be able to reset its switch, which causes it’s motor to overheat and catch the machine on fire… Ok, don’t take my idea! Actually, please do, and send me a link to the video. [thanks, Lea!]


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