Rick Brooks

Home City: 
Fort Wayne, Indiana
I’ve been playing with hobby robots for about seven years. Most of the robots have been intended for sumo competitions at a wide variety of venues. For me, robotics consists of a combination of mechanics, electronics, and programming activities. I enjoy all three. So, if I feel like turning a chunk of aluminum in shavings, I can do that. If I feel like soldering a couple of transistors together, I can do that. If I feel like writing a subroutine to change behavior, I can do that.

Skating Robot

I picked this link up off of our news aggregator: Skating Robot. It is a pretty neat discussion of and some videos for a legged robot that can both walk and skate. Wheels at the tips of the legs can flip down and become feet. However, while in the rolling position there are no motors attached to the wheel. They 'free wheel'. The robot uses these like you would use skates.

Ian Braun


Home City: 


Robot is designed for these contests: 

Thud is a Parallax mini-sumo kit and my first foray into Mini Sumo.


Robot is designed for these contests: 

Zippy is a basic Table top bot from the Wright Hobbies kit.

This bot has yet to actually move, hence the name "Zippy"

Ernesto Leyva

Home City: 
Mexicali, Mexico
I like electronics and robotics very much. I currently work in industrial controls.

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Humanoid Stairs Fall 2007

Contest Date: 
Sun, 10/21/2007

Humanoid Stairs Rules

Audience: Journeyman Level


Humanoid robots try to lumber their way up a set of stairs and back down again.

Course Construction

The stair will be wooden and painted per this diagram:

This page is a rule set for this general contest: 

Humanoid Stairs

Humanoid robots try to ascend stairs and then come back down. It is lots harder than it looks!

Past and present rulesets:

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