Steve Davee of the Portland Area Robotics
Society (PARTS) writes,"Along the lines of tiny robots, I wanted
to bring to your attention the cutting edge of hobby robotics as far as
small robots go, and a bit of the history behind it. About three years
ago, the current PARTS president, Pete Skegg, created a tiny pic-based
board that allowed us to have the first micro-sumo (5cm cubed, 100
grams) competition". Read on for a wealth of info and links related
to tiny robots.
Pete spawned great interest in our club in building ever-smaller robots.
Monty Goodson, the new PARTS president, has since created a tiny robot
controller board that has spawned all sorts of new and increasingly
In particular, Scott Davis (former PARTS member) and Casey Holmes are
leading a nano-sumo revolution. We just had the world's first nano-sumo
competition down in Southern Oregon, At Robomaxx.
- Shows some of the history and development of micro-sumos, and the
products that Pete developed that allowed it, particularly the 'Lil Picy
board. This is what started it all for us.
http://www.bittybot.com/ - Home
of the Megabitty, the new vangaurd of smaller robots.
- This group has become a hub of activity about building ever smaller
and more inovative robots, in addition to being about general robotcs
applications of the Meggabitty Controller.
- Megabitties can be ordered here, as well as the PARTS- developed Mark III
- Mousetrap, Monty's amazing micro-sumo.
- Scott Davis's Chaisaii, the first fully completed,legal nano-sumo.
- Casey Holmes robotics website. Add-ons for the Megabitty that
fascilitate small robots with object detections and line senors.
- Casey's group dedicated to nano-robots.
- Nanoscoop, one of several of Caey's nano-designs.
- Photos and video of micro and nano robots in action from Robomaxx.
Anyway, just a heads up about the people and sites driving smaller hobby
robots and the parts that allow them, like the Megabitty, its
accesories, and Casey's products.
It is also interesting to note that a great enabler of these smaller
robots is the increasing use of lithium polymer batteries. As we all
know, batteries Suck. But they are getting better. Two years ago when
Pete Skeggs and I built the first two competition Micro-sumo robots, the
main pain was batteries. Now, my newer micro-sumos are a fraction of
the bulk of the older ones due to the use of newer battery tech and the
tinier controller board.
I think the real interesting thing going on here is the drive by
hobbiests to make robotic products that have no equivalent commercially.
Huge efforts by Pete, Monty, and Casey among others have yielded
products sold at barely over material cost, let alone with compensation
for time, all so that we can build ever-tinier and cooler robots.