Fancy a trip to Bristol (of all places!) to see the very latest in competitive sports? Running from 20th – 25th August, the FIRA RoboWorld Cup is set to be a mammoth even, pitting robot against robot in a bunch of games to vie for world records, medals and prizes.
According to our trusted buddies over at the BBC Technology news desk, our very own home-grown team from Plymouth University hare in with a hot chance against superstar team, Singapore, in the 6m sprint (that’s 3m one way and 3m back) Singapore are the current record holders, obliterating the previous record of 42seconds at 31seconds. UK native robots from Bristol University will also be heading out into the arena with their robot marathon runner, Panther.
So, is it your old iPad powering these guys? The boffins at Bristol University have built Panther from scratch using custom components and some pretty nifty software, but off-the-shelf robots are common at the competition. And before you think “I’m going to sell my iPad, buy a robot and kick some ass!” it’s worth remembering that even off-the-shelf robots are adapted by experts (by “experts” we mean people with access to actual technology laboratories!)
The competition ends on Saturday 25th August in a hail of glory (the football final) and will next return in 2013, which is plenty of time for you to trade in your old iPad, sell your laptop and become a robot-building mega-genius like Jaimie!
You can watch some of Jaimie’s brilliant building project videos here!