. After watching many, many robot
esque shows like BattleBots
, and Robotica
i've seen some rather moronic robots. What were these people thinking? In one show, a British
one that had contestants use their robots
versus a variety of obstacles. There was a large ball, inside this ball there was an RC Car, thats was it. How much time did they put into that idea? The robot broke down rather quickly.
Most succesful robots follow one particular design idea. A maneuverable robot with a lifting arm seems to work the best, ie: BioHazard
. I was watching BattleBots
last night, and they had 6 robots
in the arena. There was a robot called Toro
which flipped 5 of his opponents over. They work the best because many arenas have hazards like saws that pop up out of the ground (BattleBots
), so a robot has to have armor on the bottom. Lately though, I've seen more robots
that are immune to this tactic, usually a flat box structure with oversized wheels. The lifting arm robots can usually flip
themselves over, but some succumb to the very weakness they hope to take advantage of. There are some notable exceptions to the lifting arm idea, like this one which I believe used a wok
turned upside down and a lawnmower
blade (I'm told that robot parts were flung into the audience.).
: These never work well, always placed in awkward positions. They only work if you have your opponent up against the wall, and they can only do limited damage as they never extend far from the body of the robot.
: These don't work either, as they require your opponent to be smaller than your bot. Although, if implemented well, claws can double as lifting arms.
Useless Decorations: Nice paint jobs are good, but useless parts of the body aren't. One robot had a decorative faux cow head. They would've used it, but it made the robot overweight. The added weight
that it took up could've been used for an extra battery