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DresnerRobotics
03-27-2009, 08:32 AM
Time flies! It’s that time again to officially announce the next round of the Trossen Robotics Community (TRC) Contest (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx). We had quite a bit of success with our previous Project Contests (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101) and a lot of very cool entries, however we are going to mix things up this time.

This round is going to be a Tutorial Contest (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx), and is quite a bit different from our previous contests. Think of it as an ‘Instructables (http://www.instructables.com/) meets How Stuff Works’ (http://www.howstuffworks.com/) style contest: We want you to submit entries in the form of a detailed step by step ‘How-To’ or Informative Tutorials.
We’re going to be asking a lot more of our participants this round, so we have raised the stakes and are giving away our biggest prizes yet!

Without further ado here are the prizes being offered for this round!



1st place

http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/contestpage/contest-images/Bioloid.jpg (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/bioloid-comprehensive-robot-kit.aspx)


Bioloid Comprehensive Kit: (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/bioloid-comprehensive-robot-kit.aspx)

1 Bioloid CM-5 mcu (Atmel ATMega128) controller (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5261-Bioloid-CM-5-Control-Module.aspx)
18 Dynamixel AX-12+ serially controlled servos (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5176-Dynamixel-Robot-Actuator-AX-12-.aspx)
1 Dynamixel AX-S1 sensor module (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5177-Sensor-Module-AX-S1.aspx)
1 Rechargeable NiMh battery pack (9.6V) (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5178-9-6V-2-3Ah-Battery-for-Bioloid.aspx)
2 Programming Utilities (freeware)
1 Switch Mode Power Supply
Serial Cable (9pin D-type)
1 Bioloid Comprehensive Frame Set (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5230-Bioloid-Comprehensive-Kit-Frame-Set.aspx)
Quick Start Manual
CD with Software






2nd place

(http://www.trossenrobotics.com/bioloid-beginner-robot-kit.aspx)
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/contestpage/contest-images/Bioloid-Beginner.jpg (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/bioloid-beginner-robot-kit.aspx)



Bioloid Beginner Kit: (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/bioloid-beginner-robot-kit.aspx)

1 Bioloid CM-5 mcu (Atmel ATMega128) controller (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5261-Bioloid-CM-5-Control-Module.aspx)
4 Dynamixel AX-12+ serially controlled servos (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5176-Dynamixel-Robot-Actuator-AX-12-.aspx)
1 Dynamixel AX-S1 sensor module (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5177-Sensor-Module-AX-S1.aspx)
1 Rechargeable NiMh battery pack (9.6V) (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/5178-9-6V-2-3Ah-Battery-for-Bioloid.aspx)
2 Programming Utilities (freeware)
1 Switch Mode Power Supply
Serial Cable (9pin D-type)
Bioloid Beginner Frame Set
Quick Start Manual
CD with Software






3rd place

(http://www.robotis-shop-en.com/shop/step1.php?number=671)
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/images/contestpage/contest-images/Ollo.jpg (http://www.robotis-shop-en.com/shop/step1.php?number=671)


Robotis Ollo Bug Kit (http://www.robotis-shop-en.com/shop/step1.php?number=671):

New Beginner Robotics Kit from Robotis!
Reconfigurable, modular design
Tons of parts to build with!
Instructions to build 4 different robots included
Remote controlled
Highly descriptive well documented instructions





You’re probably asking: "Well what’s the catch?" We won’t lie, we’re going to make you work for it and put your knowledge to the test! Here are some examples of what types of tutorials we’re looking for:


What is a gyroscope/accelerometer/analog or digital signal?
How do servos/DC Motors/Batteries work? (explain inner workings, control, show example code, etc)
Choosing the right (Microcontroller/DC Motor/Sensor) for the job.
How to setup an Arduino/Xbee Communication/Basic Stamp. (basic projects with example code, videos, etc)
How to control a robot wirelessly. (many different methods of going about this, pick one and elaborate!)
Theory of Inverse Kinematics, Dead Reckoning, Spacial Mapping, etc.


We’re looking for well written, detailed entries that a beginner could read through and learn from. The emphasis on this is creating valuable tutorials and FAQs that the community as a whole can benefit from. Diagrams, pictures, source code, practical applications, text references and examples are welcomed and strongly encouraged. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, please cite any reference materials used. We are not looking for build articles during this round.

Entries will also be judged in a different manner than before: Contestants are encouraged to post as many tutorials as they like; in fact, the more tutorials submitted, the more points they receive towards their final score. Now that said, quality is greatly valued over quantity. One detailed, well written tutorial will hold more weight than five mediocre ones, but if you post numerous well written tutorials you’re going to be in very good shape.


Previous project submissions were based out of our Project Showcase forum (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=101), but this time all submissions must be entered into the Tutorial section. (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=118)

Please visit our Project Contest Page (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx) to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines. Somebody is going to be a proud new owner of a Bioloid Comprehensive Kit, Bioloid Beginner Kit, or Ollo Bug Kit, will it be you?

Adrenalynn
03-27-2009, 01:10 PM
I think this is a _FANTASTIC_ idea to help build the community resources. I really love that Trossen Robotics is willing to spend some of their development dollars this way. What a fabulous way to help build the community for all of us!

Thanks, Trossen, for making such a grand gesture of support for the community!

jes1510
03-27-2009, 02:26 PM
I really like this concept. I love the fact that it's a completely level playing field since a person's resources and money spent won't really matter. It sounds like a well written tutorial on how to glue plastic could beat one that shows how to build a $20,000 robot. Sweet!

DresnerRobotics
03-27-2009, 02:34 PM
I really like this concept. I love the fact that it's a completely level playing field since a person's resources and money spent won't really matter. It sounds like a well written tutorial on how to glue plastic could beat one that shows how to build a $20,000 robot. Sweet!


You are correct, however at least for this round, the build on the $20,000 robot wouldn't even count. We're looking for How-To's on the basics and concepts rather than entire projects, the stuff that will help beginners and novices learn. Show us how to control a robot wirelessly, not step by step on how the entire robot was built; Stuff that will help a wider range of audiences rather than focus on a specific project.

elios
03-27-2009, 04:59 PM
When does this competition start? April?

DresnerRobotics
03-27-2009, 05:03 PM
Now, that's why we announced it ;)

elios
03-27-2009, 05:19 PM
awesome! just the email said it was a April-something a rather competition.

Adrenalynn
03-27-2009, 07:16 PM
Please visit our Project Contest Page (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx) to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines.

Just Sayin'... ;)

metaform3d
03-28-2009, 08:53 PM
Wow - I so want to win a Bioloid. Is there any sort of clearing house so that I know I'm doing something unique and not competing head-to-head with someone doing the same topic?

4mem8
03-29-2009, 03:57 AM
Well i am back guys after a long spell away damn it, bathroom kept me out of it for a while. Well, a tutorial eh. Have a few of them up my sleeve. So will see what i can come up with for u guys.So we post these under tutorials?? or under the competition tutorial??.

shamyl
04-01-2009, 06:31 AM
Now this is my cup of coffee :D. I want that BioloiD!!!

4mem8
04-01-2009, 03:30 PM
Do these tutorials have to be related to robotics?? for instance F/B molding techniques which I use for Model Aircraft, but also suited for Robotics. I have pics of these in progress , but the principles are the same for robotics.

Matt
04-01-2009, 05:18 PM
Do these tutorials have to be related to robotics?? for instance F/B molding techniques which I use for Model Aircraft, but also suited for Robotics. I have pics of these in progress , but the principles are the same for robotics.

Sure sounds applicable to me!

Matt
04-01-2009, 05:21 PM
Well i am back guys after a long spell away damn it, bathroom kept me out of it for a while. Well, a tutorial eh. Have a few of them up my sleeve. So will see what i can come up with for u guys.So we post these under tutorials?? or under the competition tutorial??.

Post them here in the Tutorials section under the appropriate subcat:
http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=118

The following three areas are the only ones for this contest:
-How To / DIY
-Introduction
-Mod / Hack

Matt
04-01-2009, 05:35 PM
Wow - I so want to win a Bioloid. Is there any sort of clearing house so that I know I'm doing something unique and not competing head-to-head with someone doing the same topic?

Good question.

I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing to have more than one tutorial up for certain topics, but let's do it this way. If people want to grab a topic then the best bet is to get some content started on it and post it up. That way you are grabbing a topic and letting it be known you are working on it. Then it is other peoples choice whether or not to also create content on the same or similar topics. We just strongly recommend that there be enough content there to start squatting and that you insure you plan to get it finished in a reasonable time frame. Unfinished tutorials will be deleted and also penalize the author against other finished tutorials. Call it a "lazy squatters fine" ;) Just keep in mind, you are hurting the community if you squat and chase others off a topic then don't actually do it!

We like this method also because it will help get people moving and posting. We do not want people stockpiling and doing a dump at the 11th hour. Trying that method is exactly what can make people run into 5 others that did the same thing. :robotsurprised:

So our advice is get them up fast to win. Snag the topics before others if you really want them.

We also appreciate people getting them up so that we here who are putting up the expensive prizes can see how well the contest is or isn't going. We tend to get nervous when two months go by and no one is participating :D

Good luck and thanks to everyone who participates! Let's build the absolute best information depot on the web for robotics!

droidcommander
04-02-2009, 02:06 PM
I'm in, this is an awesome idea for a contest!!

Shevek
06-22-2009, 07:22 PM
Hey, I was just wondering if a tutorial on an Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in Robotics, like with expert systems, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computation, and artificial neural networks, would be an acceptable entry. I haven't read much of anything on the boards about artificial intelligence, but it is my current area of highest expertise, and I think it would be an interesting topic to contribute. I would make it in depth enough for some simple applications to robotics.

Adrenalynn
06-22-2009, 08:03 PM
Heck yeah!

Shevek
06-22-2009, 08:31 PM
Great! I appreciate the enthusiasm :)

scowby
07-07-2009, 11:08 AM
When does the contest end? How will entries be judged?

lnxfergy
07-07-2009, 11:48 AM
When does the contest end? How will entries be judged?
http://www.trossenrobotics.com/contest.aspx

Nishi
01-09-2010, 08:40 AM
When does this contest end? Sorry "Apr - July '09" does that mean its liable to end anywhere through April, May, June or July? or did it start April last year?

Thank You. ;)

lnxfergy
01-09-2010, 09:48 AM
"At the end of July 2009, the Trossen Robotics Team will evaluate all tutorials submitted and the top three contestants will win one of the prizes above."

http://blog.trossenrobotics.com/2009/08/25/tutorial-contest-winners-announced/

-Fergs

Nishi
01-09-2010, 10:26 AM
Thank you for the link lnxfergy

KurtEck
01-09-2010, 11:33 AM
"At the end of July 2009, the Trossen Robotics Team will evaluate all tutorials submitted and the top three contestants will win one of the prizes above."

http://blog.trossenrobotics.com/2009/08/25/tutorial-contest-winners-announced/

-Fergs
I guess the real question is Trossen running a new contest for 2010? As they have already announced the 2009 winners.:happy:

Nishi
01-09-2010, 02:18 PM
Yes quite. Reading back I don't now how I interpreted an obvious"09" to mean the contest was running until this year. All I can say in my defense is I haven't been to bed since Thursday and I'm not on point at all.

Will there be another contest?..

DresnerRobotics
01-12-2010, 12:17 AM
Yes quite. Reading back I don't now how I interpreted an obvious"09" to mean the contest was running until this year. All I can say in my defense is I haven't been to bed since Thursday and I'm not on point at all.

Will there be another contest?..

We will have another contest, with the holidays and our move to a larger facility, we've simply been too tied up to put another together.

More soon™

Nishi
01-13-2010, 07:11 AM
Understood, looking forward to it.

Meccano Jay
01-30-2010, 12:49 AM
I cant wait!!