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RoboGames is this weekend June 16-18, 2006 in San Fran!! MAKE will have a table at the event, and will be filming! – “Walking androids, soccer robots, art bots, and the best flame-throwing, high-energy, steel-crunching robots in the world come to SF for the annual robot olympics! This year robots from 20 countries return to show off the worlds’ best technology and innovation. Combat robots fight behind bullet proof glass, while humanoid soccer bots delight kids and adults.

200 teams with 400 robots and 500 human engineers will be flying in from Singapore, Brazil, Japan, Britain, Switzerland, Russia, Columbia – among many other countries. The humanoid soccer is going to be really stellar. When most people think of robots, they think of boxes on wheels. But these metal guys can really run!

Robot hockey is the newest event – combining the thrills of combat, but in a non-violent team environment. Hockey bots play three against three, using street hockey pucks and 15 pound robots. Teams from Canada, Russia, Brazil, and the US will face-off in the first ever competition – played with wheels instead of skates.

The Servo magazine-sponsored Tetsujin event has also been added to RoboGames. Robots are no longer the sole competitors at RoboGames. Tetsujin is Japanese for “Iron Man” and involves humans wearing metallic exo-skeletons which radically increases human strength and potential. Think of the forklift suit from Alien, only live and in person!

The event will also include interactive displays from NASA, Lego Mindstorms, and many other robotics companies and groups. Families can watch the action in the stands as well as join in the fun… – Link.”Link.

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