Hardware Guides

  Home arrow Hardware Guides arrow Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS Roboti...
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Mobile Devices  
Networking Hardware  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Power Supply Units  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotic Sumo
By: Apress Publishing
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars / 30

    Table of Contents:
  • Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotic Sumo
  • Can You Build a Sumo-Bot?
  • How Is Robotic Sumo Played?
  • Rules of the Game
  • A Common Rule Set
  • Tools for Building and Programming a Sumo-Bot
  • Building Blocks
  • Navigational and Searching Mechanisms
  • Robotic Sumo: A Game Within a Game

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article


    Introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotic Sumo

    (Page 1 of 9 )

    Today, we demystify the process of making a robot that you can use to participate in a robotic sumo event -- a sumo-bot. The purpose of a sumo-bot competition? To be the first to push an oponent from a raised platform. (No swinging blades or flame throwers required.) Get details on design and construction planning. (From the book, Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo Using LEGO MINDSTORMS, by David Perdue, Apress, 2004, ISBN: 1590593758.)

    perdueYou may have seen fighting robots on TV shows, and your head may be filled with images of mechanical monsters equipped with spinning blades and flamethrowers. Amidst showers of sparks, screaming fans, and an energetic host who keeps shouting something, it’s obvious the show’s purpose is to impress you with “deadly robot warriors.” Indeed, the robot’s goal usually appears to be to tear the opposing robot to shreds. So, these robots are monstrous, lethal, ferocious machines whose sole purpose in life is to destroy, right? Wrong.

    In robotic contests, sometimes the two adversaries are trying to win points by accomplishing various goals; other times, they are trying to shove each other into a hole in the ground; and on some occasions, they are placed on a raised platform, and their goal is to be the first to push their opponent off that platform. The latter scenario is what robotic sumo is all about.

    In the literal sense, robotic sumo is played on a platform—called an arena—which is outlined with a thick line, and the goal is to push the other robot out of bounds. In the more abstract sense, robotic sumo is not a game about turning the opponent into junkyard material, but a game of strategy and skills.

    This book will demystify the process of making a robot with which to participate in a robotic sumo event—a sumo-bot. But we’re not going to be looking at just any sumo-bots in this book; we’re going to be looking at LEGO MINDSTORMS sumo-bots. When the worlds of MINDSTORMS and robotic sumo collide, the result is more than amazing. By building and programming the sumo-bots described in this book, and understanding how their design and construction was planned, you will become a robotic sumo expert. This chapter will get you started by explaining the basic concepts of robotic sumo and sumo-bot construction.

    This chapter is from Competitive MINDSTORMS: A Complete Guide to Robotic Sumo Using LEGO MINDSTORMS, by David Perdue (Apress, 2004, ISBN: 1590593758). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today. Buy this book now.

    More Hardware Guides Articles
    More By Apress Publishing

    blog comments powered by Disqus


    - Top 10 Valentine`s Tech Gifts for Men
    - Top 10 Women`s Tech Gifts for Valentine`s Day
    - Intro to RAIDS
    - 2012`s Most Anticipated Tech Releases
    - Top Tech Stocking Stuffers for 2011
    - The Top Tech Gifts Under $100 for 2011
    - How to Improve Your Smartphone`s Battery Life
    - Top Holiday Tech Gifts for 2011
    - Quick Tips for PC Beginners
    - How To Overclock Your CPU
    - TrueCrypt Hidden OS: Completing the Decoy
    - TrueCrypt: Hiding Your Operating System
    - Creating a Hidden OS with TrueCrypt
    - Cloning Your Hard Drive: Implementing SysPre...
    - Cloning Hard Drives: Part Three

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off