That's why we've teamed up with the folks at RoboGames to bring you the Robot Contest!
Want to win a trip to RoboGames 2009? Tell us how you made your robot.
Good robot design is highly detailed, so we're asking you to document specific parts of your robot for this contest. Maybe you built the ultimate manipulator arm, designed a killer sensor array, reused some great trash, or just made a gorgeous housing - pick something you're proud of, and share how you made it.
Show us what you and your robots can do, and win a trip to go to RoboGames, flight and hotel room included! We're also giving away a RoboPhilo Walking Android kit, and lots of Robot-themed gear.
You're probably already working on some sort of robot - just be sure to document it carefully.
The more ideas we can share about making robots the more we'll be helping others learn how to make robots! The more people know about robots, the more awesome robots will be built all over the world!
Information wants to be free. Share your knowledge, inspire others, and win great prizes!
You can bring your robot to this year's RoboGames! There are 70 different events so robots of all types can find a suitable category. It's a great opportunity to test the machines you've been working on, or to give your FIRST robot an extracurricular challenge.
Since robots take time to build and document, we're giving you plenty of time to enter. You have until a couple weeks after the RoboGames in June to submit your robot Instructable. So get your camera ready and let's see what you've got!
Robots can be either remote controlled, semi-autonomous, or fully autonomous. Since an entry can be either a complete robot or a part of a robot it's possible to submit multiple entries from one robot, each discussing a different part of the process. Entries can also fall into multiple categories. For example, an autonomous beer-fetching bot may fall into the "brain" category for its autonomy, "sensors" for its ability to find the beer, and "manipulators" for its ability to grab the beer.
PrizesGrand Prize (1): A trip to the June 2009 RoboGames in San Francisco, CA! Includes airfare
for one from anywhere within the continental US, 4 nights in a hotel near the event, and VIP access/enrty fees for the lucky winner. Also a Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers.
First Prize (1): RoboPhilo Walking Android kit! Plus the Robot prize package.
Second Prize (30): A Robot prize package including both Instructables Robot and RoboGames t-shirts, and a selection of robot-themed stickers. Five (5) prizes will be awarded for each category.
CategoriesSure, you've got a big awesome robot- but they're all built out of complex subunits. Tell us all about the design, build, and testing processes you went through to make them work.
Locomotion -- How does your robot move? Whether it walks, skitters, glides, or rolls, we want to know how you made it go.
Manipulators -- Arms, pinchers, rocket launchers, whirling blades of death. How does your robot modify the world around it?
Brain -- Even a robot has to make decisions. How did you design the control system?
Sensors -- How does your robot collect data? Tell us what you used and how you built & integrated the system.
Aesthetics -- Every good robot needs a futuristic housing. How did you choose and make yours? How does it add to the look and feel or function of your robot? Bonus points for artistic merit.
Reuse & Recycling -- What exciting reused/recycled/repurposed bits made their way onto your robot? Tell the story, and how you made it work. Creativity is a big plus here.
Open to enter: April 15, 2008 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: July 13, 2008 11:59 PM PST
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