Like many an office, we have a fun tradition at Halloween – everyone dresses up, the office pays for lunch and it’s a festive day. It’s fun to see two Batmans coding side by side on a Wednesday. For the last few years we’ve incorporated a Hack-a-thon element to the festivities. Last year it was pumpkin carving. This year, we stepped up our game a bit and built robots!
Check out the github Matt put together for our supply list, build instructions and a complete listing of the official rules and regulations. We were able to keep our bots at the reasonable price point of about $60 per bot by sourcing the parts ourselves instead of buying a kit, which typically costs between $99-160 each. Teams were allowed to extend the software on their bots and 3D print parts, but additional motors, sensors and shields were prohibited. After announcing the hack, some additional rules had to be enacted: no blow torches for one, (We tend to get excited) 3D printed parts are for structure only. ie a flipper that would allow you to flip other robots, and so on.
We had 8 teams of 2-5 ppl per team. Teams were given two weeks to put together their robots with one final hour during our Halloween Hack Lunch and Learn for finishing touches and decorations.
Here’s a quick preview of our final products:
And now let the games begin! Here’s how it went down:
And the winner is…
Winnerbot – Team Kevin
Best Use of Extra Servo #1 – Death Wizard Lightning
Best Use of Extra Servo #2 – WMD
Best Bot Costume – Kickinalltheass
Best Human Costume #1 – Earl
Best Human Costume #2 – Robert G
And here we are, in all our glory!