Saturday, March 11, 2006
RobotChallenge 2006: done
Gaston made us proud today (x), insofar as he did reach the finish line - twice. delivering Irish Coffee rather than longdrinks as the parallel slalom started at 10am.
He wasn't the slowest either! a real nice drilling bot from bratislava was best in being slow. others lost the track and went astray, but not our Gaston.
Sumo was quite a "disaster". i think only one fight was won by a robot pushing the other off. the other fights either timed out, or unlucky bots rolled/fell off the platform on their own.
Tom Heike was there, although without a bot - he failed to finish his bot in time for the puck collecting challenge.
It was a fun surprise to meet Karl Piswanger who presented the show, who i hadn't met in ages, but who i know from when we were 16yr. old punks - he works for the main sponsor of RobotChallenge, BRZ (which literally translates to federal computing center). he is just the guy to present a robot sumo event - especially in the abovementioned circumstances!
... Lots of cameras around. ORF (state TV) and PulsTV (local vienna TV) were there, hungarian press ...
and we too collected hours of video-material to be used for broadcast on Okto Community TV.
(x) actually it also made me pretty proud how much fotografed he got and people really appreciating the ROBOEXOTICA-spirit we tried to transport to the event by bringing Gaston - so at least we didn't get up that early for nothing!