RoboGames

MAKE at RoboGames: Robot Combat

MAKE at RoboGames: Robot Combat

Despite the large number of categories of robots here at RoboGames, the resounding sounds of metal on metal and cheers from the crowd keep drawing us back to the combat arena. We were immediately surprised by the variety of locations and backgrounds these teams come from, whether it’s a High School from across the country, a local engineer working in his garage, or a robotics team from Brazil.

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MAKE at RoboGames

MAKE at RoboGames

Imagine the carnage that ensues when you pit two 200+ lb. robots against each other, often with weapons that spin at around 3500 rpm. The noise level and adrenaline both run high as they bang away at each other. Intern Coordinator Sam Freeman and I are at RoboGames to witness not only the combat, but all sorts of other robotics events as well. We only got here a little while ago, but have already been fascinated by the great stuff we’ve seen.

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RoboGames: The Mayhem Starts Tomorrow

RoboGames: The Mayhem Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow kicks off the 10th year of RoboGames, a three-day extravaganza of robots and technology. The dozens of competitions cover everything from line following and fire fighting to weight lifting and mech warfare.

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Let the RoboGames Begin

Let the RoboGames Begin

The 10th annual RoboGames, the “Olympics of Robotics,” comes to the San Mateo County Expo Center April 19-21. With over 50 events (everything from sumo wrestling, robot combat, fire-fighting, and ribbon climbing) and hundreds of different bots, there’s no better way to satisfy your love of robotics. Buy tickets before April 14th with coupon code “Maker” to get 20 percent off.

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RoboGames 2012 Report

RoboGames 2012 Report

Teams have gathered from all over the globe this weekend in San Mateo, CA to compete in 50+ categories at the 9th annual RoboGames .  Various theaters of combat are arrayed across Fiesta Hall at the San Mateo Convention Center (also the site of Maker Faire Bay Area), featuring a whole range of environments, like […]

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Drinking In The Future at Barbot SF 2012

Drinking In The Future at Barbot SF 2012

Most of the Barbots and their teams are returnees from previous years, but as with the DARPA Grand Challenges, the…ah… bar raises very quickly from one event to the next as the innovations pour forth. This year’s bots were all beautiful, with gracious interfaces.

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ComBots Cup, This Weekend! (Tickets Discount)

ComBots Cup, This Weekend! (Tickets Discount)

Our pals over at RoboGames are already…um… gearing up for another great robot bash-up next year and they want you to be there when the bolts burst and the wheels come flying off (’cause isn’t that what it’s really all about?). Once again they’re generously offering MAKE readers discounted advanced tickets to their 2012 games, their eighth annual international robot olympics.

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