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Nerd NASCAR

The last couple years have been tough at the company for which I work. To get a tiny bit of the community spirit back, one of the head nerds here had the idea for a Nerd NASCAR and we had the "first annual" last Friday. The idea is a competition among fully autonomous robots to follow a black line (electrical tape) on a (somewhat) white floor. About the only rules were the requirement of an M&Ms tin as a body and some physical size restrictions. Each bot got three runs...overall fastest run would be declared the winner. In addition, a "coolest" bot award went to the people's choice.

6 bots showed up. The winner of both fastest and coolest awards was Scrapper, a completely analog design that used visible-light sensors and the most complicated mechanical design of the group. The Lego bot used the Lego RCX "brick" as a controller while the remaining four bots all used some version of the Atmel AVR microcontroller and homemade IR sensor array boards.

Winning time for the 145' track was 38 seconds...approximately 4'/sec.
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That's great.
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I think some people have too much time to waste/play

Do unto others, before some prick does it to you!

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That's fantastic.

I'm sure if he bored it out he could get down to 30 seconds.

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Re: Nerd NASCAR

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So which one was yours?
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Geez, I'm glad my jobs not that hard where I have to make toy cars and race around....I see how tough you have it. You may wanna look into early retirement, seems pretty stressful! I like it, seems like a lot of work though. But to get glory rights and brag, makes it all worth it I guess
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Heh. Good stuff.



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Re: Nerd NASCAR

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db,

So which one was yours?
I didn't enter...didn't have the time. In the end, they bumped the race date out a couple times and I probably could have made it. Maybe I'll enter one in the Fall Classic. (now that I've seen what works and what doesn't)
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