Devcon 2004 – Sumobot, small robot, big competition…


We’re running sumobot competitions at this years Windows Embedded Devcon  – So I’ve been doing some research on Sumobots – I had no idea that sumobot “wrestling“ was so huge world wide… I’ve pasted some information from the following web site.


http://www.nwrst.com/IRST/index.html


Each year, in Japan, over 4,000 new robot sumo teams are formed to build and compete in a 4 month long tournament season to see who can build the most powerful sumo robots. Many of the competing teams are high school teams that put their knowledge of science, engineering, mathematics, electronics, computer programming, and mechanical fabrication skills together to build a champion sumo robot. This event has helped to inspire many young students to enter the professional career fields of science and engineering.


During the past 10 years, this event has slowly spread across the world, and now has become one of the most popular robotics contests ever created.


I have to say that I’m really looking forward to the competition at the conference, this is going to be a ton of fun…


– Mike


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  3. Tony says:

    Hi Mike,

    My name is Tony and I was one of the A/V techs at DevCon. You guys got me hooked on SumoBots!

    Seeing Doug Boling and others at the conference working on their projects, I went online and ordered a kit from Parallax that night.

    A special thanks to all the speakers I had in my room – especially Jay Loney!!

    See you all soon next time your in San Diego!!

  4. Mike says:

    Hi Tony,

    Sumobots are great fun, if you are living in the Seattle area then you might want to check out the Seattle Robotics Society, they meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Renton Technical College.

    – Mike