November 5, 2008
I'm still very new to robotics, and there's no way I could just build a sumo robot right now.
But when I said I wanted to run a marathon a couple years ago, I wasn't a runner, and I just worked my way there slowly but surely, and finished the race. Moral of the story; I'm much more motivated if I have goals.
So anyway, I want to enter the sumo robot competition at RoboGames in 2009. I'll be building simpler robots and learning more about robots in the mean time, but I figure it's never too soon to at least be thinking about it. Also, having that as a goal will kind of give me a reason to keep learning and improving.
So I'm wondering if anyone here has ever competed in a sumo event. If so, can you share your experience with it? Do you have any advice for a first time participant?
Actually, if you've ever entered any robot competition, I'd love to hear about your experience with it, just out of curiosity.
Also, there are several weight classes and I'm wondering which one is the "standard" or the one that is most popular. Here's a list of the sumo weight classes, plus all the other events. Sumo is on the lower left.
Lastly, I'm going to RoboGames 2009 whether I enter a competition or not, because I live in California it looks like a lot of fun. Will anyone else be attending?