Robotic Shooting Gallery
The objective is to shoot targets using autonomous control only.
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** No Changes since Defcon 15 **
Targets are set up along the shelves. They fall over when they get shot. Some may be moving to make them harder to hit. Note that the shelves and targets could be placed anywhere, not necessarily where depicted in the picture.
- The gun must fire something safe, such as plastic airsoft pellets, ping pong balls, fuzzy paintballs, or other safe and clean objects. Nothing that makes a mess, such as paintballs, and nothing that could seriously injure the crowd such as metal BB's.
- All equipment must have a safety switch or other device built into the firing mechanism (*not* software) to prevent undesired operation that may injure a spectator.
- Each target area will be 5' wide, 5' tall. The firing line will be 10' away (see picture). It is *your* responsibility to make sure you don't shoot the targets on the opponents side, there will not be a physical barrier provided, but there will be a visual white line on the arena.
- You can fire from anywhere behind the firing line, from any height and from any platform. No part of the gun/controls/etc can go past the firing line. Normal convention tables will be provided, but you move those out of the way as needed. Humans are not allowed to interfere with the other bot.
- Each round will be 2 minutes long.
- You can power it off the wall, batteries, or anything else you want. (nothing flammable since we'll be indoors)
- You can run it off a laptop, PC, PIC, or anything else.
- There are no price limits or weight limits, but remember that the lighter it is, the cheaper it is to ship.
- This is a head to head match. Whichever side knocks down all their targets first wins. If neither side shoots them all down at the end of the match, whoever shot down the most targets wins the round. In the case of a tie, the bot that shoots down the last target will be the loser.
- There may be black negative point targets to discourage random firing and shotguns.
- The targets must fall down to be counted, they will be designed so that even a soft glancing shot should knock it over. Some may be moving. There may be different shapes and sizes, the largest will be 3" in diameter, the smallest could be as small as 1/2".
- The competition will be double elimination.
- Practice time: Friday afternoon the arena will be set up for at least several hours. Scheduling will be done at con, aiming to give each team an equal opportunity to practice.
- Prep time: You will need to be able to set up and remove your bot from the firing area quickly. Once your turn comes up, you will have two minutes to set your bot up and do any quick calibrations you want to do. The best way is to mount everything you need to a single board which can be moved into place. There is not time to re-calibrate every match! Auto-calibrate, or make sure to align your platform accurately. You can use tape marks on the tables to re-align it quickly.
- Background: The background is as non-reflective black as we can make it, it is a large piece of cheap felt fabric hung from vertial supports.
To help get you started, we've put together an example Reference Design that you may find helpful.
Photos from the Defcon 15 competition: Gallery
Also read the Defcon 15 page which has videos and links and stuff.
Good luck everyone!