Latest Diablo 3 News
DiabloWiki Updates
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 20
  1. #1
    IncGamers Member Dawnmaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    5,816

    Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Recently I've been watching episodes of "robotica" on the discovery channel (one of many)
    and I got the itch again ^^

    Anybody else here loves robot fights (as depicted on television),
    would love to try it for themselves,
    or even has competed in a fight?

    At the moment I'm going to try and build a non-combat robot from lego parts first
    (it will still be moveable and have "functions")
    If I succeed, I might move up to actual metallic robots,
    and if I succeed in that I "might" consider signing up for a battle ^^

    There are only 3 things keeping me from starting:
    1) it's cost, parts aren't cheap and can get damaged, thusly needing spare parts by the lot
    (but next year I'm going to be laid off due to the closure of Ford Belgium, and will receive a nice byebyecheque)
    2) time consuming, I barely have time for any hobbies I currently have left
    (but it would make a fine project to spend time with my son in a few years)
    3) knowledge, although I'm very innovative, and probably have enough engineering skills
    to pull this off, I have little true knowledge of electronics,
    and zero knowledge of wireless electronic remote control / receivers
    (still not sure how to tackle this part, it seems the major problem to me atm)

  2. #2
    IncGamers Member Stevinator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    chicagoland
    Posts
    5,003

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawnmaster View Post
    Recently I've been watching episodes of "robotica" on the discovery channel (one of many)
    and I got the itch again ^^

    Anybody else here loves robot fights (as depicted on television),
    would love to try it for themselves,
    or even has competed in a fight?

    At the moment I'm going to try and build a non-combat robot from lego parts first
    (it will still be moveable and have "functions")
    If I succeed, I might move up to actual metallic robots,
    and if I succeed in that I "might" consider signing up for a battle ^^

    There are only 3 things keeping me from starting:
    1) it's cost, parts aren't cheap and can get damaged, thusly needing spare parts by the lot
    (but next year I'm going to be laid off due to the closure of Ford Belgium, and will receive a nice byebyecheque)
    2) time consuming, I barely have time for any hobbies I currently have left
    (but it would make a fine project to spend time with my son in a few years)
    3) knowledge, although I'm very innovative, and probably have enough engineering skills
    to pull this off, I have little true knowledge of electronics,
    and zero knowledge of wireless electronic remote control / receivers
    (still not sure how to tackle this part, it seems the major problem to me atm)
    Go to a big box toy store and buy a bunch of remote control cars or something so you can mess around with them. You could probably find them super cheap.

  3. #3
    IncGamers Member Dawnmaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    5,816

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Yeah but somehow I don't think that gets me the required torque they achieve on television shows.
    Those guys talk about using (several) golfcart/wheelchair/vacuumcleaner motors, and draining 24 to 36 V battery packs in a matter of minutes

    The one thing that baffles me are the rather useless weapons they all appear to have, hammers/hacks/saws/blades/punchers/rollers seem to do no stopping damage 99% of the time, why waste somuch resources and time in building them?
    Of the 24 competitors in the mini tournament I saw, only 1 guy effectively broke of a few little pieces using a spiked roller, and 1 other guy had the luck when he used a lifting arm to simply till up the complete armor of the other bot (which didn't stop it, and he wasn't damaged further), all the rest did was run around and bash a little with their full weight? (which sometimes knocked off a chainbelt or connector orso)

    Perhaps I should stick with Lego, that way it'll be easier to do some "damage" to eachother ^^

  4. #4
    IncGamers Member Technomancer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Indiana, US
    Posts
    3,063

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    My brother and I have been interested in combat robots off and on since the late 90's, but never had spare time or resources to put into it whenever we got the itch. We had something of a rekindled interest a couple years back and almost started to build things, but life kinda side-tracked it. Now, robotics has come up again, but we're setting our sights a little lower-powered (aka, affordable and less time-consuming) this time. We've been talking about a small wifi rover for a long time, and more recently have become interested in small flying bots/drones. Then, last night, we saw this:



    *brains asploded*

    We've been going back and forth on actually doing something with robotics for years, but something always seems to get in the way or we lose focus. I don't know if we'll actually do it this time, but it's a bit more serious sounding than usual.

  5. #5
    IncGamers Member Dawnmaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    5,816

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Quote Originally Posted by Technomancer View Post
    My brother and I have been interested in combat robots off and on since the late 90's, but never had spare time or resources to put into it whenever we got the itch. We had something of a rekindled interest a couple years back and almost started to build things, but life kinda side-tracked it. Now, robotics has come up again, but we're setting our sights a little lower-powered (aka, affordable and less time-consuming) this time. We've been talking about a small wifi rover for a long time, and more recently have become interested in small flying bots/drones. Then, last night, we saw this:

    *brains asploded*

    We've been going back and forth on actually doing something with robotics for years, but something always seems to get in the way or we lose focus. I don't know if we'll actually do it this time, but it's a bit more serious sounding than usual.
    *droooooooools*

    I have several small cars/helicopters for recreational use indoors, but the quadrocopters have caught my attention as well for a while now, but I'm not sure on howmuch cash to spend on it.

    A new and decent one cost on average 300-700 euros (depending on the brand/type),
    but I've seen them being sold for 60 euros on the black market (although the quality is doubtfull)

    I've seen several videos and usage of the quadrocopter (constructing a building with blocks, delivering a pizza to your house, carrying the food/drinks to a table in a restaurant, ...)
    But these tiny ones seem something new to me (last documentary I saw about them, the small ones still had a life wire)

    Pity you're not in Europe, else I'd gladly drive several hundred kilometres to meet up and discuss/listen/watch to you/your robots!

  6. #6
    Europe Trade Moderator krischan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    33,218

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Autonomous delivery copters will probably not come that soon. I think it's highly problematic to let them fly through residential areas or (restaurant) crowded places. In case of accidents, the manufacurers or owners will have a huge problem. Besides, tips would suffer badly in restaurants.

    There is potential for autonomous systems in controlled situations, however. Robots can certainly be useful or for mowing the lawn a few other kinds of garden work. I have a rather big lawn with lots of trees, bushes, othe obstacles and a trench, but from what I heard, it would be impossible for those of today to get the job done. Also, I don't want it to be stolen while it's mowing the lawn in my absence. As soon as there's an affordable and usable version, I would buy it.

    How well are roombas doing their work? I guess you still have to vacuum a couple of problematic areas, so it's probably not really saving work. IMO the toughest part of house/gardenwork is getting started, so it may not really be a help for me.
    D3 Trading Forums: Europe - America
    Diablo Wiki / Arreat Summit / ATMA / Forum Rules / Adria
    You know I'm born to lose / and gambling is for fools / but that's the way I like it, baby / I don't want to live forever!

  7. #7
    IncGamers Member Dawnmaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    5,816

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Flying cars have been ready for over a decade now, but none made it into official law/sales/public use yet.
    I guess that just like the quadrocopters, I'm eagerly looking forward to the day we "futurice" the world we know.

    Move forward to the transport and gadgets as seen in Total Recall / Minority Report / Starshiptroopers / etc...
    But as it is now, I'll satisfy my needs for future tech by letting loose my fantasy, and try to hobby a few things myself ^^

    (PS: the quadrocopters as seen in pizza delivery and restaurant serving were not autonomous, but remote controlled by a waiter)

  8. #8
    IncGamers Member jmervyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    12,936

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    I'm not that much of a fan. Not because it isn't kind of fun, but because it strikes me as a bit too silly. Grant on Mythbusters was the world champion or some such, and even though the robotics are cool it really doesn't seem like a legitimate game. One side has a chainsaw, while the other has a flamethrower. Woo-hoo Remote Control nerdage?

    If you have true projectile weaponry involved, I'm a LOT more interested. Sooner or later someone will manage to marry up a paintball or Airsoft style gun to a model R/C tank like the one I own (or the one I wish I owned, below) and it will make for a hell of a sport.



    Meanwhile, this seems like a far more enjoyable concept, and since my dream of buying my own Bren Carrier seems unlikely, maybe this is possible:


  9. #9
    IncGamers Member LozHinge the Unhinged's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tech Support! TECH SUPPORT!!
    BattleTag FTITCTAJ
    Posts
    7,007

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Quote Originally Posted by jmervyn View Post
    [...]

    If you have true projectile weaponry involved, I'm a LOT more interested. Sooner or later someone will manage to marry up a paintball or Airsoft style gun to a model R/C tank like the one I own (or the one I wish I owned, below) and it will make for a hell of a sport.

    Nice King Tiger

    Meanwhile, this seems like a far more enjoyable concept, and since my dream of buying my own Bren Carrier seems unlikely, maybe this is possible:

    Reminds me of a weird morning I had one time as a kid, during my paper round. I decided to peek over the top of a wooden fence surrounding one of the houses at the end of a lane I was delivering to. There was an M3 half-track, a genuine WWII jeep and a bren gun carrier in the garden of the house. I have rarely had a more surreal moment happen to me.

    If I see any bren gun carriers during my travels Merv, I'll give you a heads-up. Least I can do, considering

  10. #10
    IncGamers Member jmervyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    12,936

    Re: Robot Battles/Fights/Wars/Combat/...

    Quote Originally Posted by LozHinge the Unhinged View Post
    If I see any bren gun carriers during my travels Merv, I'll give you a heads-up. Least I can do, considering
    I've run across a couple - the problem with any of those sort of things is finding repair/replacement parts. People have no idea how high-maintenance tracked vehicles can be.

    More on-thread, you've asserted American origins and background. Do you recall 'demolition derbies'? There was even a toy... "Smash-up Derby"


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •