Robots Playing Shuffleboard (w/ video)

Jun 08, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog
Diagram of shuffleboard layout

(PhysOrg.com) -- Intense robot battles have, for the most part, been confined to the silver screen. Occasionally a robot comes by to trounce us at chess, but robot on robot competition has been fairly limited. In this case however the combat was not an epic fight to the death, it was a game of shuffleboard.

A team of 36 students from departments the electrical engineering, , and computer science students at Oregon State University create a group of shuffleboard playing robots. The robots gave a brief demonstration of their skills in the atrium of the schools Kelley Engineering Center.

The demonstration was in the form of a tournament. The students, in smaller interdisciplinary groups of three or four, each made a bot that was capable of sensing the puck and moving it as close as possible to the scoring zone in the center of the table as possible. The robots scores ranged from one to four, depending on how close they managed to get the puck to the target.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.

The game was chosen because it requires only simple movements and it is easy to see how successful the robot has been at achieving the goal, since it has a limited number of interfering factors. Unlike a game like basketball, where the robots would have to account not only for each others movements, but on a ball that can bounce away without warning.

Student teams spent more than 200 hours on their players, which were part of a project for an interdisciplinary robotics course that was offered by the university.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.
Shuffleboard Robot (reloading view)

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.
Shuffleboard Robot


Explore further: A robot dives into search for Malaysian Airlines flight

More information: classes.engr.oregonstate.edu/engr/spring2011/engr421-001/group/gp8/index.html

via

Related Stories

Kondo Robot releases a hexapod robot kit (w/ video)

Apr 11, 2011

(PhysOrg.com) -- Kondo Robot, a Japan-based robotics company known for selling robotics kits which often end up in robot-on-robot battles, announced the release of a new robot kit. The kit, named the KMR-M6 ...

'The robots are coming'

Jan 29, 2009

Alexander Stoytchev and his three graduate students recently presented one of their robot's long and shiny arms to a visitor. Here, they said, swing it around.

Robots compete this week at Purdue

Mar 13, 2006

Purdue University says it will host a group of college and high school students this week in a competition of robotic inventions.

Recommended for you

A robot dives into search for Malaysian Airlines flight

Apr 18, 2014

In the hunt for signs of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370—which disappeared on March 8 after deviating for unknown reasons from its scheduled flight path—all eyes today turn to a company that got its start ...

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

Apr 16, 2014

A way of making hundreds—or even thousands—of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Students turn $250 wheelchair into geo-positioning robot

Apr 16, 2014

Talk about your Craigslist finds! A team of student employees at The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Systems Management and Production Center (SMAP) combined inspiration with innovation to make a $250 ...

Using robots to study evolution

Apr 14, 2014

A new paper by OIST's Neural Computation Unit has demonstrated the usefulness of robots in studying evolution. Published in PLOS ONE, Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in Professor Kenji Doya's Unit, has succes ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Physmet
5 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2011
Now future robots will have an enjoyable activity after they retire. ;)
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (1) Jun 08, 2011
Hi. Is this Centennial Dry Cleaners?

I left a suit with you last week for cleaning, and would like to know if it is ready yet....

Vendicar Decarian...

It's ready? Ok thank you. I'll pick it up tomorrow.

Bye.

More news stories

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people ...

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...