|Nano Robots Play Soccer
|Posted by: AceBHound on Jul 7th, 2007 7:29 PM
|RoboCup, held at the Georgia Tech campus, is an international robotics contest where robot creations take on technical challenges, competing against robot rivals. On Saturday July 7th, the organizers captivated audiences with the first ever nano robot soccer game, held by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Five teams from the U.S., Canada and Switzerland answered the call, building microscopic robots that competed Saturday in two events: A two-millimeter dash and a challenging slalom, where the robot must reach a goal that is blocked by stationary defenders that look like running men but are about the diameter of two hairs.
The events take place in a glass-enclosed cube in the corner of a cramped classroom. Two high-powered microscopes project the action to the big screen, and scientists and students fall silent whenever a competition takes place.
For more information on RoboCup, check out www.robocup.org
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