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DresnerRobotics
08-04-2008, 05:44 PM
Cut from my Blog (http://blog.trossenrobotics.com/index.php/2008/08/04/august-trc-project-contest-winners/):

As many of you may know by now, the Trossen Robotics (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/) crew hosts project contests (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx) every few months, where the winners are awarded in lavish gifts such as gift cards, robot kits and trips to the Playboy Mansion! (Okay, maybe not that last one. But they won’t put me in charge of picking out the prizes for some reason) Members of the Trossen Robotics Community (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/) (TRC) face off in a battle of robotic wits! They come up with all sorts of great inventions, document their work, take a ton of photos and video, and post about it all in our Project Showcase Forum (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101) in hopes of being whisked off to the Playboy Mansion! Or…in hopes of winning fantastic robo-prizes.

The time is nigh to pick out winners. We flew our finalists out here to Chicago and determined the winners the only fair way we could think of: We put their projects on the sidelines, armed the inventors with sporks, and threw them into an arena in a fight to the death ala Bloodsport! (Okay, again, this didn’t happen.. who makes these contest rules anyway?) The TR crew locked wits in the discussion as to who would place these past few weeks. Heated public debates were held, dirt-throwing campaign commercials were made, friendships were torn apart… and in the end we finally came to an agreement. Without further ado, here are the runners-up and winners, in suspense-building ascending order!


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Honorable Mention:


http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/swashbot.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1665)http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/flapperfish.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=2031)
Project: Swashbot(s) (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1665) & Flapper Fish (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=2031)
Creator: CrabFu (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1305)
You’re probably wondering: “Wait, why didn’t The Great Crabfu win??” Well, that’s exactly why. He’s too great! It wouldn’t be fair to let “Geppetto Emeritus (http://www.robots-dreams.com/2008/07/crabfu-named-ge.html)” steal away first place, so we took him down a notch and gave him an honorable mention. This man might not even be human the way he produces robots, it seems like we had a new invention from him every other week! Keep em coming Crabfu!




http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/hex_cnc.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1882)http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/hex_cnc-2.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1882)http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/hex_cnc-3.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1882)
Project: Walking CNC Router Robot (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1882)
Creator: Matt Denton (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1649)
Matt Denton, animatronics whiz of MicroMagic Systems is known for his incredible hexapods. If you’re not familiar with them, I suggest you check them out here (http://www.hexapodrobot.com/index.html). Well simply walking, dynamically balancing, and snapping pictures of people to post on it’s site (yes, the robot has a website) wasn’t enough for this Hexapod. Matt went ahead and taught it how to be a CNC router. That walks. Flashbacks from “Runaway (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088024/)” aside, this project is really amazing and shows how far robotic technology is progressing. He went all out and cut a 3D image of a face out of foam using the robot’s I.K. engine alone. Big kudos!



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Runners-Up:


http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/butler.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1978)

Project: Butler Robot (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1978)
Creator: airman00 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1342)
Average Score: 7.1
Prize: $25 Gift Card to the Trossen Robotics Store
Everyone always wanted their own Rosie the Robot as a kid right? Well meet Chives the Butler Bot. Good ol’ Chives here can pour drinks, respond to voice commands, has onboard vision processing and can be controlled via laptop or iPod Touch! To make things better, you can even build your own (http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Your-Own-Butler-Robot/). Airman00 wrote up a comprehensive step by step guide to build your very own robotic butler! He even is provided all of his code as open source. Great job!


http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/RC-Truck.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1987)
Project: RC Truck Robot Conversion (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1987)
Creator: Orac (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1203)
Average Score: 7.3
Prize: $25 Gift Card to the Trossen Robotics Store
Leave it to one of our members to steal an R/C Truck from his kid and slap a computer on it. Regardless of this R/C Truck’s origins, its obvious that it is awesome. Orac took this car, modded it and added a fully functioning PC and a webcam to it. This not only gave it the option for off-road telepresence, it made it simultaneously chase and run away from orange colored balls. Like a puppy! A really ugly puppy. Made of plastic and metal.


http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/ilush.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1778)

Project: iLush Bartender (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1778)
Creator: metaform3d (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1705)
Average Score: 7.5
Prize: $25 Gift Card to the Trossen Robotics Store
Okay, first of all, this robot serves booze. Do we really need to continue as to why this kicks ass? Metaform3d impressed the judges at Robogames 2008 with his iLush Bartender, which serves up mixed drinks and is controlled via a touchscreen computer. He ended up walking away with a gold in the Bartending category (Yes, there is a robo-bartending category). Wow!


http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/robocam2.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1652)

Project: RoboCam (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1652)
Creator: Norris56 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1729)
Average Score: 7.7
Prize: $25 Gift Card to the Trossen Robotics Store
This isn’t your average telepresence bot, creator Steve Norris took this one to the next level. Starting off with just an iCreate base, he built a very professional looking robot that can be driven from anywhere there is internet. That’s right, the entire robot can be remotely piloted from across the globe via a custom web interface that Steve designed. He even armed it with a laser to assist with depth perception (I thought lasers were only supposed to be mounted on sharks?) I guess our only question is, when can we buy one?

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Third Place:
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/xrb3.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1757)

Project: XR-B3 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1757)
Creator: lnxfergy (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1768)
Average Score:8.7
Prize: Wowwee Alive Elvis (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/wowwee-animatronic-elvis.aspx)
This cool little bot runs a custom microcontroller onboard that has a wireless link back to a computer, which handles the heavy lifting. And by heavy lifting we mean machine vision and room mapping capabilities. Not only is this impressive from a technical standpoint, it also has a very slick aesthetic, and overall a very impressive build quality to it. Be sure to check out the project page on this for more information and updates!



Second Place:
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/neural.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1981)

Project: AMOS-WD06 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1981)
Creator: AMOS (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1976)
Average Score: 9.3
Prize: Silverlit R/C X-UFO (http://www.silverlit-flyingclub.com/xufo.htm)
This Hexapod is just downright impressive. The AMOS-WD06 (Advanced Mobility Sensor Driven-Walking Device) contains 21 actuators and 28 sensors and at its brain is a neural networked PDA. The programming behind this bot is what really makes it impressive as it is being designed to act and react like an insect. It exhibits Phototaxis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phototaxis), has a dynamic obstacle avoidance routine, will shy away from ‘predators’ and if you flip it on its back it can flip around and keep walking! We expect to see even more great things as this project develops.



First Place:
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/PImages/Contest/walle.jpg (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1677)

Project: Homebrew Wall-E (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1677)
Creator: 4mem8 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1741)
Average Score: 9.7
Prize: SG-5UT Robotic Arm (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/4084-SG5-UT-Basic-Kit.aspx)
Well what can we say, we fell in love with this bot at first sight. We got to watch 4mem8 bring this guy to life and document every painstaking step that he took building this Wall-E robot from scratch. That’s right, this was not a kit, in fact he had the majority of it done far before the movie actually hit theaters and the toy stores were flooded with Wall-E merchandise. The robot itself is carved and crafted largely out of wood, and the rest from random parts found here and there… like a true ‘junk-bot (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?t=1876)‘ should be! 4mem8 has made a great contribution with his knowledge and experience in building bots, so we’re very proud present to him with the first place prize in this round of the TRC contest. Good job 4mem8! You earned it!

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We would like to take this time to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in this round of the contest. Not only have we seen some amazing projects entered, but we’ve gained some really incredibly talented members in our community as a result. We look forward to the next round of our contest, keep tuned in for more info. You can stay up to date on contest rules and regulations at the Trossen Robotics Project Contest (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx?a=blog) page, and start posting your projects in our Project Showcase Forum (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101).

crabfu
08-04-2008, 06:02 PM
Congratz guys!!! yay.... Wall-E!!!! great job everyone, congrats all around!

-Crabfu

Droid Works
08-04-2008, 06:09 PM
Congrats everyone! All of them are great projects.

GWJax
08-04-2008, 06:21 PM
I knew it!!! congrats 4mem8 for the first prize and congrats to all others as well!!!! Maybe next time I'll enter one of my own bots to see what happens.
GWJax

airman00
08-04-2008, 06:33 PM
nice!!!

time to look for some brackets to get for free! :P

,Eric
eRobots.BlogSpot.com

4mem8
08-04-2008, 07:32 PM
Oh, man. Iv'e just read this from work, I can't believe it, I mean so many great minds and projects here on TRC and to get first place with Wall-E is nothing short of amazing. Thank you every body that voted for Wall-E and to Trossen Robotics for thier great prizes and competitions. Also a big thank you must go to GWJax for the programming he is doing for Wall-E, This will bring him to life soon, Oh I nearly forgot Wall-E says thank you to.

rpedro
08-04-2008, 08:08 PM
I had a feeling Wall-E would take the gold... great job 4mem8... you earned it...

Adrenalynn
08-04-2008, 11:46 PM
On 5/22/2008, the day after your first post, I wrote:


So what are you going to do with the CrustCrawler arm that you're sure to win? :D

I guess the question still stands, huh? ;) I saw that one coming a mile and a couple months away. :)

Congrats to all the winners! Richly deserved across the board!

AMOS
08-05-2008, 03:13 AM
Congratulation to everyone!!!! Well done !!!
In particular, congrat 4mem8 (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/member.php?u=1741) for the 1 st win. He deserved it greatly. : ) ....Keep on working!!

Zenta
08-05-2008, 03:36 AM
Congratz to you all!

Very nice work 4mem8.

-Zenta

4mem8
08-05-2008, 06:03 AM
Thanks guys, and congrats to all placings here, some amazing work here on TRC, I look forward to the next challenge. Also thanks Andrew for your kind words.

sam
08-05-2008, 07:04 AM
Congratulations evryone who participated!

Those were some nice bots!

Electricity
08-05-2008, 08:38 AM
Congratulations guys! Some very cool stuff this time around. and little ol' Wall-E, he's so cute!

ooops
08-05-2008, 09:08 AM
Congrats to all !!!!
Great job TRC crew ... choosing between these great projects must be extremely stressful, you should all belly up to the iLush:)



A really ugly puppy

Beauty is in the sensor of the beholder

darkback2
08-05-2008, 09:45 AM
really awesome stuff guys. Seams we are all going to have to step up our game if we want to be in the running in the future. You have all seriously raised the bar. Congrats.

DB

4mem8
08-05-2008, 01:14 PM
really awesome stuff guys. Seems we are all going to have to step up our game if we want to be in the running in the future. You have all seriously raised the bar. Congrats.

DB

You have a good point there DB, It's going to get harder each competition round, But the challenge is awesome, Keeps us on our toes.

ScuD
08-05-2008, 03:53 PM
Congratulations to all contestants, and off course to 4mem8 who has captured the look and feel of the latest addition to the "general consensus of a robot" list!

GWJax
08-05-2008, 06:25 PM
Oh, man. Iv'e just read this from work, I can't believe it, I mean so many great minds and projects here on TRC and to get first place with Wall-E is nothing short of amazing. Thank you every body that voted for Wall-E and to Trossen Robotics for thier great prizes and competitions. Also a big thank you must go to GWJax for the programming he is doing for Wall-E, This will bring him to life soon, Oh I nearly forgot Wall-E says thank you to.

4mem8 As I stated on R/C this Wall-E is all you until I get the program finnished and if he wins another contest with the program in play then I'll take a small and very small thanks from you. You deserved this 1st place by comming up and making the wall-e only from photos and nothing else. plus using your great craftmanship to build the loveable bot. Now its up to me to continue his personality and bring life into him. Congrats again
GWJax

4mem8
08-05-2008, 07:24 PM
GWJax: Hey thanks for your comment, really appreciated. [We make a good team] Look forward to Wall-E coming alive And then lots of video of him.

GWJax
08-06-2008, 06:58 AM
That we do brother! and always looking foward to our next project togeather "Mech Wars" hehe as I think we will have another winner here as well, sorry guys and gails hehehe

LinuxGuy
08-07-2008, 09:38 AM
GWJax: Hey thanks for your comment, really appreciated. [We make a good team] Look forward to Wall-E coming alive And then lots of video of him.
Oh yes, got to love Wall-E, and I still have not seen the movie! I am very much looking forward to seeing "Wall-E Alive!" soon. :veryhappy::veryhappy:

8-Dale

mdenton
08-10-2008, 03:25 AM
Well done to all the winners!! great job!

I'm honored to be included amongst such great projects. :)

Matt.

airman00
08-10-2008, 07:15 AM
When do we get the gift certificates?

Alex
08-10-2008, 12:42 PM
all winners - please email me your full name (and TRC username), address & telephone #:)

GWJax
08-11-2008, 05:34 AM
Oh yes, got to love Wall-E, and I still have not seen the movie! I am very much looking forward to seeing "Wall-E Alive!" soon. :veryhappy::veryhappy:

8-Dale
LinuxGuy the first video will be of my u-command platform with all sensor inplace just like 4mem8 will have on his Homebuilt Wall-E except the Video this is for his wall-e only and others that follow his steps. I think we are all excited in seeing the program run for the first time on youtube. I know I am. so hang on a few more weeks and the program Should be done to complete 4mem8's Wall-e. Plus I still have not seen the movie either " slaps hands " as I know this will give me more ideas in programming him.
GWJax

4mem8
08-11-2008, 01:17 PM
Your not alone GW, I have not seen it either yet *Double slap hands* Only here in NZ it comes out in two weeks, So that is a good reason for not seeing it yet.

GWJax
08-11-2008, 11:55 PM
Your not alone GW, I have not seen it either yet *Double slap hands* Only here in NZ it comes out in two weeks, So that is a good reason for not seeing it yet.

So I guess you don't need to double slap your hands then. hehe

4mem8
08-12-2008, 12:27 AM
Correct GW, I will slap them when it comes out and I do not go in the first two days.

GWJax
08-13-2008, 04:31 AM
Thats more like it 4mem8!!! lol, oh ya did I say congrats on the first prize yet, hehe

4mem8
08-13-2008, 06:34 AM
No, But you have now, Thanks GW.

crabfu
09-13-2008, 11:14 AM
Just got the latest Robot Magazine in the mail, and there is a nice little mention of this contest, with pics of the winning bots! This issue also has some other articles, as well as RoboGames coverage, with some familiar faces from TRC :)

-Crabfu

4mem8
09-13-2008, 03:34 PM
That sounds very cool, can't wait to get my issue here in NZ. Thanks for the update.

DresnerRobotics
10-07-2008, 05:20 PM
Man, you guys should see the prizes we just got in....

Adrenalynn
10-07-2008, 05:38 PM
So, whatcha think: 50% of them follow you home, 25% live on your desk - the prize list gets the 25% you weren't all that interested in? :tongue:

Pre-Grats on 1k posts, btw! Five left, and I've been so busy I haven't been around much. . .

4mem8
10-07-2008, 11:56 PM
So, Plenty of goodies eh Tyberius, I bet you are having a play!!.

Alex
10-08-2008, 08:39 AM
hmm.... anyone want a Pleo?

http://blog.trossenrobotics.com/index.php/2008/10/08/announcement-next-round-trc-project-contest/


:D:D

4mem8
10-08-2008, 01:35 PM
Nice prizes guys, M'mmm I wonder what I can enter this time around,??? Something tells me that this round is going to be very difficult, But I do have something in mind, It's just whether I can finish it in time.

RobotGrrl
10-08-2008, 08:29 PM
This new competition is going to be tense!

Pleos...are...so...CUUUUUUUTE! ^_^

GWJax
10-09-2008, 07:43 AM
OK I call it... I get the Pleo or the RS Media, So off to the shop I go for trying to come up with something very originial and complex.

Jax

4mem8
10-09-2008, 12:49 PM
Go for it GW, I know you can do it. Whatever it will be I know it will be an interesting robot, or maybe it won't be a robot. He he, it's starting all over again.