RoboGames (previously ROBOlympics) is an annual robot contest held in San Francisco, California. The next RoboGames will be held in June 12-15, 2008.
RoboGames is the world’s largest open robot competition (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) They invite the best minds from around the world to compete in over 70 different events: Combat robots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, and even androids that do kung-fu. About 2/3’s of the robot eventss are autonomous, while the remaining 1/3 are remotely operated (ROV’s.)
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RoboGames was founded as the ROBOlympics in 2004. Founder David Calkins, who worked with all types of robot competitions, realized the need for cross-pollination between events, as too many robot builders over-specialized within their own field. By bringing builders from combat robotics (mechanical engineering), together with soccer robotics (computer programming), sumo robotics (sensors), androids (motion control), and art robots (aesthetics), robot builders could exchange ideas and learn more.
The second goal of RoboGames is to offer recognition to engineers from around the world in varying disciplines with consistent rule-sets and low-cost or free contestant fees. RoboGames never charges kids or primary/secondary schools an entry fee. By offering gold, silver, and bronze medals, and inviting the best robot builders from countries other than just the US, RoboGames gives everyone a chance to excel and compete on a level playing field.
Here the video sample:
GSN – Games Across America:
All events Video: