Category Archives: Robotics

Register and Win!

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Hello Everyone,

Exciting news for all Robot Makers!

If you haven’t heard, the 2014 Robot Games are joining this year’s Maker Faire!  (Read Here)

As an added bonus, Maker Faire has sponsored the Give-Away of a DSO Nano!

v3 nano_01

How does one add such an awesome tool their Robot Making arsenal of awesomeness?!?   Simply register your robot in this year’s games before Sept 1 and you will automatically be entered to win!!

Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity.  Your FREE registration includes full maker credentials (which include free parking), free access to the Science Centre, free access to Maker Faire, access to the Maker lounge where free beverages and snacks are always available, and an invitation to the Friday night pre-event festivities.

Charge up your batteries, tweak some code, enter this years games and be entered for a chance to win!

See you there at Maker Faire!

2014 RobotGames

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Attention all Robot Makers!

This is your announcement for the 2014 Western Canadian Robot Games.

With over 20 years of games, we are always looking for new ways to engage the public, and bring together those of us who make robots and robotic creations.

It is with great excitement, that this year will mark our first year bringing the robot games to Calgary’s Maker Faire! This year’s Calgary Maker Faire is being held at the TELUS Spark Science Centre, and is filled even fuller with Maker delight this year.

The format of the games will change slightly as we now have two full days of robot and maker goodness available for us to share in.

WCRG will be running the 3 main events this year; Line Follower, Mini Sumo and the new Outdoor Challenge. WCRS will also be hosting a robot ‘Show ‘N Shine’ Sunday afternoon. Come and see the awesome creations Calgary Makers have to show off!

We also have other opportunities during Maker Faire; we will be hosting a BristleBot build to engage the public, and once again a ‘Learn to Solder’ station that will offer the public the chance to learn to solder for $2.

Competitors:  Dust off and tune up your creations. Register as a competitor for this year’s games and also enjoy free admission to Maker Faire! This year’s games are being sponsored in full, so you will have no fees for entry. You must, however, preregister to take advantage of this sponsorship. Please register here: http://makerfaireyyc.ca/robotgames

The benefits to participants is as follows:
Full Maker Credentials which includes free parking, free access to the Science Centre, free access to Maker Faire, access to the Maker lounge where free beverages and snacks are always available, and an invitation to the Friday night pre-event festivities.

Volunteers:  We do require volunteers to help us out this year, as usual.
We will need help in running the competitions, in running the ‘BristleBot’ and ‘Learn to Solder’ tables, as well as 2 volunteers to just generally help out. Sign up to volunteer here: http://www.makerfaireyyc.ca/volunteer/

All volunteers will receive a Maker Faire t-shirt, meals provided while volunteering, an extra Adult Day Pass to share with friends or family, and a pass for you and a guest to attend the exclusive Maker Meetup & Media Event happening on the Friday evening before Maker Faire.

There will still be prizes awarded to competitors in addition to everything else, so come out, have a great time, and go home with some swag!

We’ll be handing out some commemorative pieces that will award benefits to future games, so make sure to attend!!!

Once again, competitors, register here: http://makerfaireyyc.ca/robotgames
Volunteers, register here: http://www.makerfaireyyc.ca/volunteer/

Lets make this the best games ever, and set the bar even higher for next year!!

Line Follower Rules

Mini Sumo Rules

Outdoor Challenge Rules (New location however!)

Cheers,

Mark Martens

A message from the producers of Maker Faire:
This is a great opportunity for the Robot Games to get the exposure it deserves, and since we are expecting 5000+ visitors to Maker Faire this year we expect the Games will do very well.

Robotics has always been an important part of every Maker Faire globally, so opening up our event to include the games is a no-brainer. It’s simply good for everyone.

This is going to be a great Robot Games and we’re so excited to see what robots you choose to bring.
-Calgary Maker Faire

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Meet Joe Willis

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Described by Jay Ingram as the “most remarkable young maker” that he has EVER seen, we are proud to introduce Joe Willis: Beakerhead’s much adored and hyper-talented youth ambassador.

 

L: What are you making/ building these days?

J: I have so many projects on the go that I don’t know where to start. The list of completed projects is much, much shorter. When it came time to prepare for CYSF 2013 I sadly couldn’t include everything that I had prepared. It was tough to cut some things out. Even then my trifold board was barely visible behind all the stuff I wanted to exhibit. When I go to places like Western Canada Robot Society (WCRS) or the Botzone, I am like a pinball, bouncing around learning about what other people are up to and it all sounds good to me.

Calling all Robo-teers

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We’d like to invite all competitors to join us for the 20th Annual Western Canadian Robot Games!

May 11, 2013 at the Calgary Aero Space Museum. This year we have some exciting new demo events involving UAVs (Quadcopters) and hacked Roombas. We’ll also have some special guests from the hit TV series: Canada’s Greatest Know-it-all and even Jay Ingram,  who will be handing out awards!

Bring your family as well; the day will be filled with robot action.

Watch ‘Canada’s Greatest Know-it-all’ contestants complete in a robot challenge to see who can come up with the best creation in a limited amount of time. We’ll have food from Calgary food trucks available on location, chances to win door prizes (like a GoPro Hero 3 camera), and our uniquely created Offroadbot Challenge is back again this year!

Come check out the action!

We’ll also be giving away a GoPro Hero 3 to a randomly drawn competitor; by preregistering your robot(s) for an event before May 10, 2013 you will be eligible to win!

For those wanting to spend the night at a nearby hotel, we were able to get a $91/night rate at the Calgary Airport Travel lodge, When making your reservation just mention that you are a Western Canadian Robot Games Competitor. If you’d like to stay across the street from the venue there is the Best Western Plus Port O’call but unfortunately we weren’t able to get a discount there.
Keep up-to-date with ongoing news and info leading up to the games by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

We hope to see you at the Games!

Maker Faire 2012

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Maker Faire was a great success for its inaugural run here in Calgary.

Thanks to all who could come out and enjoy it!

Faby Martin has done her usual amazing work photographing the event.

Check out her pictures of the 2012 Calgary Mini Maker Faire!

Next year is going to be even bigger so start your projects today!

Special thanks to Don Greer, as well as Gina and Jason Nenniger for all their hard work.  We figure over 120 people took part in our “Learn to Solder” workshop, which was sponsored in part by Make: Magazine.

I’d also like to thank Dave Levesque and his girlfriend for coming by and showing off WCRS to the public.

As a final thank-you, we have to recognize Westjet for their fantastic contribution to the WCRS.  We will announce the winner of the draw shortly, which was made possible from their ‘WestJetters Caring for our Community‘ program.  Thanks to Shannon Hoover and Don Greer for making this happen.

I had a fantastic day and can’t wait for next year’s event!

Fundamental Law of High Speed Flying Maneuverability Discovered

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For those interested in the theory that goes into the practice, here is an article discussing the limits on [flying] maneuverability in cluttered envrionments. Inspired by abilities of birds, but ‘simple’ enough to soon be available for use in UAVs.

Fundamental Law of High Speed Flying Maneuverability Discovered