So wouldn't it be neat to have leagues and competitions? I want to hear your opinions. Tell me if there's any kind of interesting competitions lots of members of all ages could compete in. So far here is a short list of the standard ones. Not to say that any of these will happen but let's talk.
1. Sumo Robot competition
2. Maze solving time trials
3. Firefighting ( find a flame , put it out)
4. Dance off competitions
5. Indoor Obstacles course / Rescue League
-Search and Rescue - find a object or checkpoint then go back to start while navigating over uneven terrain and around objects.
tell us your suggestions or ideas , express your excitement
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AKA Judging functionality based on:
1.what its built to do
2.how it does its job
3.quality of which it does its job
Then, judging ez-robot territory:
4.basic question answering
The winner of this contest gets to save the world!
1. Get in a car , drive it and get out
2. Climb a ladder
3. Open a door
4. open and close valves
5. maneuver an obstacle field
6. remove debris
7. open a hole in a wall with conventional tools
8. connect a hose
Let's not forget robots made for entertainment purposes.
I think each of the classes mentioned will need a subclass on cost to build. Just like battle bots have a weight class. Less expensive bots cant compete with high dollar ones doing the same challenge.
I also like the idea of Best Butler/Home Servant robot. Best entertainment robot. Best robot for interacting with children. Best Security robot.
I'm not sure cost should be a factor. I've seen low dollar robots outshine high dollar ones.
So autonomous navigation of a maze and stuff like that could be a great one using the ping sensor (I guess I'll hold on to my next update of Ping Roam though :))
But certainly one contest that would be possible is who can program JD with the best dance moves
Oh and did anyone suggest Best NON-Robotic use of the EZ-Robot system. It is a micro controller that can be use to other things too. Doesn't someone have an EZ-Fishtank already? Also, may be an EZ-Script competition? Something involving just EZ-Script and ARC. No peripheral hardware. Just to show off the power of EZ-Script. And one more idea, Best SDK Project/Interface. While I haven't looked at it, I'm led to believe that the SDK gets added to your Visual Studio Libraries and therefor you can design your own GUI. (Correct me if I'm wrong about that.) It'd be cool to see some custom desktop interfaces.
And I think it was said but just in case, Best Mobile Interface. GUI/Graphics, Functionality and Overall categories maybe even?
OK. That's all I got but, you all have had some great ideas already. I'm interested to see where this goes.
@Alan, that's what I'm saying, have the challenge achievable with the basic kit but don't limit it to that. This way everyone can join in but those who wish to push it more can add in more sensors, servos, etc.
Also, there's been talk about a dance off between Sixes a while back
@Antron007. You are exactly correct about what the SDK does. Allows you to interact with the EZ-B from within your own application in Visual Studio.
Gentlemen, start your bots!