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    Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    Running some more calculations, I think I could make the Little Walker three-servo design carry battery, camera, control, scoring plates, and a weapon.
    Now, the question is: would it be allowed to enter Mech Warfare as a biped walker?
    http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?5743-Another-three-servo-walker

    The reason I ask is that my main project is a RoboMagellan entry for next RoboGames, but my youngest son really wants to enter as a mech pilot after seeing it last year, and I believe he could do it if we could find an affordable solution.

    The rule say "no cam based walking," but this has articulated hips and ankles and no cams, so I think it's fair, but before I spend significant time on it, I'd just like to check. (Note that I don't worry too much about how competetive it will be, beyond staying running for ten minutes and having working controls/camera/guns -- which seems to actually be worth something by itself :-)

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    Re: Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    Yup... working controls/camera/guns got me 3rd place

    Regardless of what gets ruled on the Twitch-likes, I'm sure such bots would be welcome for the heretofore unused open league, and you (-r son) would be able to do so some friendly matches.

    I'm going to not otherwise comment for now, as I'm biased...

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    Re: Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    Right, but if I'm going for the open league, it's probably easier to just use a tank...

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    Re: Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwatte View Post
    Running some more calculations, I think I could make the Little Walker three-servo design carry battery, camera, control, scoring plates, and a weapon.
    Now, the question is: would it be allowed to enter Mech Warfare as a biped walker?
    http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?5743-Another-three-servo-walker

    The reason I ask is that my main project is a RoboMagellan entry for next RoboGames, but my youngest son really wants to enter as a mech pilot after seeing it last year, and I believe he could do it if we could find an affordable solution.

    The rule say "no cam based walking," but this has articulated hips and ankles and no cams, so I think it's fair, but before I spend significant time on it, I'd just like to check. (Note that I don't worry too much about how competetive it will be, beyond staying running for ten minutes and having working controls/camera/guns -- which seems to actually be worth something by itself :-)
    I don't see any issue with these. As long as you can walk/turn and it's not cam driven it's fine. Keep in mind that the qualification requirements will be tougher this year though, so you may not qualify if you're too slow.

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    Re: Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    you may not qualify if you're too slow
    Yeah, I wouldn't enter unless I could go through the qualification video stage at home. The walking gait in the video is actually pretty slow, I think I can get it up to twice the speed even with the load of a gun, camera, and targeting panels. Experiments will tell :-)
    I'm very likely to use MJPEG over the WiFi through an on-board controller, btw, which I think is within the rules, too, even though it's not the TrendNet camera per se.

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    Re: Really -- would a three-servo biped be allowed?

    Considering how fast AX-12 Twitch is... MX-28 Twitch might just be in MW2013

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