Live Robot Hack Session

Rock em' Sock em' Robots Live Hack....The Final Countdown!

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Rock em' Sock em' Robots Live Hack (Part 12)

I've always loved the look of the Rock'em Sock'em Robots game but absolutely hated the feel of it. My goal will to robotize the game. I'll be adding in Micro HDD servos for the punching arms and 2 mini gantry systems for the X-Y movement. I'd like the game to feel like a real life super punch out! I hope to add the capability to play with two players (USB joysticks), or against an A.I. opponent. I'd also like to incorporate the power glove in some way. While I'm not a fan of robot violence I do have a special place in my heart for friendly, non-destructive, competition.

We are exploring the possibility of controlling the robots with an X-Y linear system controlled by micro servos, results are looking good!

Challenges still left to do:

  • Tweak the 3D gantry design, print it, install it into the base of the game's ring and start testing it
  • Replicate it for the other robot
  • Tweak the ARC project for: Player vs Player and Player vs AI

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I ended up staying late on Friday and finishing the installation of both Gantrys (with solid, sanded rails). I need to put in some good testing time because I don't want to jump the gun again and figure out I have some more bugs to work out.

Here's some pics:

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Famous last words, "Lets see how far we can push this".......... Snap!

LOL. You're getting close! It's good to see them move around. Keep up the great work. This is fun to watch.


Those pictures certainly look great!, looks like factory installed!