Letter of Thanks
from SFRSA President, David Calkins
Well, the Annual Fall Robot Games and Expo at the
Exploratorium was a roaring success. More robots than anyone can remember.
And all those contestants! I was pleasantly surprised by the number of
people who had never before competed but brought their bots to compete or
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone
who came, but some people in particular:
- Every single person who brought a 'bot.
These shows couldn't happen with out. You guys are the best.
- Jon Nebenfuhr who got there early, made coffee
and manned the booth for so long. he also made a very generous
donation to the RSA. Thanks Jon!
- Sam Coniglio, for all his great record keeping,
now lost to time (but that's another story.)
- Ken Mochel, who manned the booth and was
instrumental in getting tables out and exhibitors set-up
- All those guys from the Southern Oregon Robotics
crew, who manned the booth, and contributed so much to the games.
- Erin Wilson, Larry Shaw, and the other great
staff members of the Exploratorium, who showed up so early on Sunday,
and put so much work in to the show before hand, to make sure
everything ran smoothly.
- Leo Laporte, our fantastic MC and host, who kept
the crowd interested and me in line.
- PNI corporation and Joe Miller, for their
generous donation covering much of the cost of the T-shirts.
- Robert Trent, Terry Grant, and Mark Sherman from
NASA for their amazing Botball exhibit. NASA does a lot to help out
with robotics, and displays like theirs really spread the word!
- Gavin Miller - who brought his marvelous snake
robots, which due to a communication error (my fault) didn't get their
proper display and recognition. We did manage to do a demo at about
4:15. I hope everyone saw it.
- Ron Nucci who came down from Seattle to show off
his robot "Tortoise" who won the AAAI hors d'oeuvres
- Joe Miller for loaning us his cool Mars Rover.
- Roger Gilbertson and robotstore.com for their
usual support and display.
- Mark Medonis and his super cool talking robot
Maxwell - if only my robots could be so cool!
- Cliff and Toni Thompson for their cool Aibo
racing track. What a great idea!
- Steven Jacinto from Sony Robotics, who drove all
the way up from Los Angeles to give Aibo navigator demonstrations, and
generously donated prizes to our raffle.
- Andrew Filo, who brought along the new iCybie and
so many other cool bots.
- Matt Clayson, Richard Jacobsen, and Dave Friday
for bringing Star Wars to the Bay. Richard was the Stormtrooper, Matt
brought the hanger droid, and Dave was R2's "keeper."
- Tom Henning and his NASA First team. What a great
couple of robots!
- Richard Halverson and Sam for their Lego display.
I'll be sending out some photos and a recap very
soon, but thanks again to all who participated, and I look forward to
seeing you again come spring!
David Calkins, President
Robotics Society of America
Games 2001 Competition News
Bring your robot to this yearıs
SFRSA Robot Games 2001, on September 30, 2001 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
Registration begins at 11:00AM. We have a venue for almost any kind of robot. Events
and Games begin at 12:00PM and finish at 6:00PM.
Robot Games 2001 will be Webcast by the
Exploratorium. Here is a floor
plan map of the events.
This year's event hosts are
those two techno crazed co-hosts of TechTV's ScreenSavers - Leo Laporte and
Patrick Norton, along with David Calkins - President of the Robotics Society
of America. The program will also feature robot related slides, videos,
lectures, and other great events including several various Robotics
High School and College teams are
strongly encouraged to contact us and build a robot for the competition.
Sumo bots, Mindstorm bots, and AIBO performers can all be designed and
built within a week or two. Contact us for more information! Help is
available for students and teachers wanted to build robots for this
competition - send e-mail to email@example.com.
Past races have featured many different kids of
robots, including use of a coffee percolator for a head and a chrome
samovar for a body. Imagination runs rampant to the delight of the
audience. Expect lots of fun - from the speakers, the attendees, and of
course, the robots.
This year's events include:
- THE LINE SLALOM -
Pits robot rivals in a challenging 50-foot curved track they must
negotiate on their own, collecting data as they proceed.
- ROBOT SUMO WRESTLING
- Promises chills, spills, and thrills aplenty as the automatons
attempt to knock each other out of a one meter sumo circle. Mini-Sumo
is also in the offing. More info
on Sumo rules can be found at http://www.sinerobotics.com/sumo
& Mini Sumo at http://www.sinerobotics.com/sumo/mini-sumo.html
- LEGO MINDSTORMS
CHALLENGE - Kids and adults both test their skills to
complete a lap around courses of increasing complexity in time trials.
Anyone with a LEGO Mindstorms kit can compete. More info on the
challenge can be found here: http://mindstorms.lego.com/community/missions/mission008/phase1.asp
- HEXAPOD CHALLENGE
- Watch as six-legged robots scurry across the challenging rink to
determine who's the best bug!
(Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics) ROBOT
COMPETITION - Tiny analog robots will amaze you as they
crawl and evolve before your eyes. These dirt cheap robots are some of
the most amazing to watch! More info can be found at http://www.beamrobotics.com
- MAZE CHALLENGE -
for wandering robots. These clever robots will amaze you as they find
their way out of a complex maze.
- AIBO PERFORMER
- Competitors program their AIBO's to perform tricks or routines. Get
ready to laugh and be stunned by their flexibility and cuteness.
New AIBO Navigator Events "Trial Run's" added: (1)
AIBO Greyhound Dog Races
(2) AIBO Fashion Show.
- OPEN EVENTS -
Best engineered, best choreographed, youngest robot builder, best Lego
design and others. Bring any 'bot you've got!
Demonstrations will include:
- Mars terrain demo with a Mars Rover reproduction!
- Various robot kits and parts
- Large scale artistic robotics demonstrations
- NASA's FIRST competition robots
- Battle Bots display and robots
- Lego Mindstorms kits
- AIBO and iCybie demos
- Robot Store gift certificates
- Battle Bot tickets
- LEGO Mindstorms 1.5 sets
- Robotics toys!
- Competition ribbons for all entrants
The games are still looking for sponsors - contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if your company or group would like to become an event sponsor. This
high visibility event will get your company lots of publicity and the
gratitude of the San Francisco Robotics