Final Results - 2006Photos from the competition
* Two rounds, only the best round counts, points count first, then time.
Congratulations to everyone who competed!
The arena opened for practice on Friday around 11am. I set up the demo gun to give the crowd something to look at. It sat there firing away merrily for about an hour as several other teams showed up to tune their guns. There was room for about three bots on the table to fire at once and most of the time they all were firing and being debugged. I left around dinner time but everyone was welcome to stay as long as they wanted since they all knew how to reset the arena. I believe one of the teams stayed there until very late that night.
On Saturday I arrived around noon, the competition was scheduled to start at 4pm. There were already teams there practicing, but I had to shut down the arena to do some last minute repairs to the targets. It turns out that some of the more powerful guns were denting the targets, which was breaking the circuit on the back, which was turning off the LED's. So some soldering got a few of them back to working condition, but still not very reliable. The power supply which ran the LED's also had been overheating and shutting down, so I zip-tied it to the metal frame which acted as a heat sink :) I set up the scoring computer which automatically tracks the points and time and we started doing timed practice runs. I was very happy to see that my scoring software worked quite well.
As the competition started, the team order was pretty much first come first serve, there weren't any conflicts over the order which was really nice.
Team EVA was the first to go since he had a flight to catch. His gun was a machine gun with a spring clip (which caused problems reloading, but not too bad). His frame was made of aluminum and used the servo gearboxes to aim. His control circuit was home made and very cool. Control was via a webcam and the software ran on the laptop. His first round he got 51 points (86%) in the 5 minute time limit. His second round he got unlucky and the black target and ended up with 25 points.
Team Irvine Underground
Team Kelvin was fourth to go, using a small airsoft gun and the geared servos to aim. The USB webcam on the barrel to let the software aim. Unfortunately they got extremely unlucky and hit the wire near the black target *TWICE*. If the black target had stayed up then they would have tied for second place.