Jan 2, 2008

NXTlog Sumo Events

Last weekend, several of us got together to run the NXTlog Sumo contest. I'm pleased to say it went very well: from more than 100 entries we reviewed and selected until we had almost 30 that we felt were worth building, and then built them, downloaded the users programs, & ran them in a double-elimination event at Steve Hassenplug's house. The results were impressive - on the whole, the field of entries did far better than I had originally hoped, and there were a lot of exciting match-ups during the day. Well, NXTlog has announced the winners here in their special events section. I'll try to post more of my thoughts and details on this event here or on NXTlog over the next few days, but for now, take a look at the results on the NXTlog page, and if you entered this, (or even if you didn't), please let us know what you think.

Congratulations to everybody who participated, & very heartfelt thanks to all who helped with the event in question - we had outstanding support from LEGO, NXTlog, and several individuals, both on the day of and prior to the event itself.

The winning robot at the end of the day was "MG_Sumo", which used a unique wedge made of free-pivoting upside-down backhoe scoops (pictured above). There were a lot of other good designs, with blades & scoops tending to dominate the field. Staying on the ring itself was a trick with many robots (it always is), but a really surprising number of builders seemed to have cracked this first hurdle (trust me, many don't).

--
Brian Davis

6 comments:

Buckskinn92 said...

Well....

I didn't make it to even honorable mention. :( Too bad... it was alot of fun though. ;) I can't wait to see the videos and the final 29 contestants, to see if any of my sumos are in there.

Thanks to Brian and the posse for taking the time to build and battle all those sumos!

Bu92

Steve said...

buckskinn92: I think more results will be posted today or tomorrow. You'll see your robot, Insectrumo was selected to be built.

It was a very nice robot, and one of the sturdiest we built. In the end, I think the reason it lost was because of a problem with the software, but I never had a chance to really look at it.

I picked that one out as the one I wanted to play with later, but we ran out of time.

I'm sure the results don't do justice to all the entries. Yours were very good.

Steve

Brian Davis said...

Agreed. I remember reviewing Shunts-R-Me as well, and thought it was a good entry, it just didn't quite make the cut. Note that there is a lot of luck even with a well-designed & well-documented robot.

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Brian Davis

poetryinmotion said...

It was a great great contest, hope they do more like it.

NXTMonger said...

That was a great contest idea and I really hope there is more challenges like that. I never got around to entering a robot, but it did inspire me to build a sumo ring in my room. Well it's actually a big LEGO tray with walls that I slide under my bed, and what I did was turn it upside down and put tape around the edges so now that my best friend has a (a or an?)NXT, We have competitions whenever we get a chance.


-NXTMonger

Buckskinn92 said...

Yeah, I was not too confident in the light sensor programming. I mean you don't really know what the light values and levels are going to be...

Thanks again, I can't wait to see the rest of the stuff.

bu92

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