May 10, 2014

SumoStorm3r

Today's guest blog post is contributed by DamonMM2000 on his award-winning Sumo robot:
"SumoStorm3r is a sumo robot built by DamonMM2000. 
Just in case you have no idea just what these LEGO® "sumos" do, they participate in battles where the objective is to push the opponent out of a ring with the option to attack with given weapons or tools. So how does SumoStorm3r do it? Simple; keep reading to find out! 
SumoStorm3r is very streamlined and well-armored. It is different from other SumoBots in that it has no weapons or offenses, just one defense: push the opponent out of the ring. The best thing about this extraordinary sumo bot is that only one LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 set was used! 
SumoStorm3r has a unique sensor system. It uses both the EV3 Color Sensor + EV3 InfraRed Sensor. The Color Sensor is safely tucked behind a sturdy front bumper. The Color Sensor senses the black boundaries so that it can turn around safely. 
SumoStorm3r drives with treads. To avert any chance of getting things stuck in it, I covered the treads around with guards. The smooth surface all around prevents SumoStorm3r from getting caught by the opponent's weapons or the opponent itself. SumoStorm3r's chassis is very rigid and strong. The reason treads were chosen over wheels was because of the traction issue. Rubber treads have superior traction, and traction gives it a firm standing against its opponents. 
Recently, SumoStorm3r was chosen Featured Robot on Mindstorms Community (that is the official LEGO Mindstorms website) of the week of April 30-May 5."
See also  DammonMM2000's community profile and a movie on SumoStorm3r.

SumoStorm3r by DamonMM2000



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