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When I started to make robots, a line follower was something out of the world. Well, those were the 'dark' ages, when PC existed only with the rich. The fastest machine ran at 44MHz, CD drives were not invented, and the huge old 5 1/4 floppy disks were stored in air conditioned rooms. Forget internet, forget microcontroller. The biggest names in electronics were the 8255, 8085 and the likes, which I have never seen. But then, there was vegakit. There were kits for running lights,
Jan 25, 26, 27 - At Science Center, Singapore.
I reached there just in time for the opening ceremony. There was a quite decent crowd turn out on the first day, mostly students from various polytechnics from Singapore. Also, this year had good participation from schools/colleges from Indonesia and Malaysia.
For those who dont know, the Singapore Robotic Games are held annually, and is organised in cooperation with IEEE Robotics an Automation Society
Surprisingly, I was not too keen to be early for the second day, as the event was not visitor friendly. I pulled in at about afternoon, and the main attractions of the day was the Penalty kicks and the sprint events.
The sprint event saw a UK competition, PLYMOUTH DRAKES, and UofM Humanoids from Canada. The later was the the large category, and was a bit bigger than Acyut.
The UK guys won the heats, of round 1, about 9 seconds shy of world record,
So, I came down for the event, mostly curious. The published dates were 15-19, with the competitions starting on 17th. The FIRA congress was held on the 15th and 16th, I guess.
I turned up only for the 'free' event, the Competitions.
please check out the fira website for the details and rules of the competitions. - www.fira.in
Day -1 - 17 Sept 2010.
I walked in late on the first day of the event, (blame it on my graceful
I sometimes Hate my job, and sometimes love it. Not that I have a job worth mentioning, but sometimes I love it because I am my own boss. i can drop into my office in my shorts and bathroom slippers and no one will dare ask a question. I can sleep off all day on my table, download music and play minesweeper. But I hate it, when I have to work.
I hate it more, when those impossible students comes in.
I used to guide student projects along with my