We attended the
Seattle Robotics Society Robothon 2003 in October. I shot lots of video
and stills of the events, which I will post here with my comments as I am able. For now
I have video of
nBot exploring the various
terrain and obstacles to be encountered around the Seattle Center House, where the events
were held, in anticipation of next year's SRS "DARPA" Mini-challenge.
"NBot's Mini-challenge 2003"
SRS plans to hold an event at next year's Robothon 2004, the "Mini-Challenge," that is patterned after the
DARPA "Grand Challenge"
competition which was held earlier this spring. The object is for an autonomous robot to navigate an outdoor course
marked by GPS locations and orange traffic cones. As far as I know, this will be the first outdoor robotic
event that the SRS has ever held.
While attending the Robothon in Seattle this year I had opportunity to follow
my two-wheel balancing robot
Seattle fairground with my video camera. I have assembled the footage into a tour of the area, a study of some of the
terrain and obstacles that robots are likely to encounter in a Mini-challenge competition, and I had some fun with it
as well. It's about 8 minutes long. It is in four different formats, from high to low resolution:
high-res mpeg (65 Mb)
low-res mpeg (27 Mb)
windows .wmv (13 Mb)
real media .rm (8 Mb)
Last update 04 April 2004
David P. Anderson