In the cage, large, 220-pound robots dual: the first robot throws the other upside down, but the second robot inverts. With a surprise right-hook and a hidden flame thrower, the robot throws its opponent eight feet into the air, slamming it into pieces.
In April, thousands will descend upon San Mateo Convention Center for the RoboGames, also dubbed the “Robot Olympics.” Teams from all over the world design and enter robots in over 50 different events, ranging from robot soccer games to cage matches to creating robotic doppelgangers of the inventors themselves. Though there are cash prizes, the most coveted award is a gold medal in one of these events.
Even if you’re the contestant left crying at the smell of burnt metal and broken dreams, everyone gets a great show and leaves inspired by the limitless possibilities of the human mind.
The camaraderie that takes place at these games is similar to the human Olympics. One vanquished controller says, “[my] robot was so beat up, it couldn’t be repaired. It’s normally used to doing the beating, but that was a good one,” he nods with a smile.
One participant believes that anytime you get “geeks” thinking in mass, there are societal benefits that follow. That statement may be true. High schools and middle schools have robotics teams that are building robots for greater purposes than just recreation. In this episode of the Product Design Show, Vince and Allison show how a Florida high school team built a robot to aid police during armed standoffs.
Using Creo, high school teams prove that designing and producing robots can be completed in less than a year, on a shoestring budget, and with a little ingenuity and fun.