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    Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    Time flies! It’s that time again to officially announce the next round of the Trossen Robotics Community (TRC) Contest. We had quite a bit of success with our previous Project Contests 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 , and is quite a bit different from our previous contests. Think of it as an ‘Instructables meets How Stuff Works’ 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




    2nd place



    Bioloid Beginner Kit:




    3rd place


    Robotis Ollo Bug Kit:
    • 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, but this time all submissions must be entered into the Tutorial section.

    Please visit our Project Contest Page 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?
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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    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!
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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    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!
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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    Quote Originally Posted by jes1510 View Post
    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.

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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    When does this competition start? April?
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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    Now, that's why we announced it

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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    awesome! just the email said it was a April-something a rather competition.
    Hey Hamlet: 2b or not 2b = $FF

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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyberius View Post
    Please visit our Project Contest Page to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines.
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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    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?

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    Re: Want to win a Bioloid? Announcing the TRC Tutorial Contest!

    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??.
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