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Let the games begin!

April 13, 2015
Let the games begin!

As most of you know, we host a robotics contest every 6-8 weeks where we vary our contest guidelines and rules. Our most recent contest we partnered with SparkFun on the Stairclimbing Challenge. If you haven’t checked out the winners from this contest, you should they are AWESOME and all unique!

Ok, back to our current contest. We’ve challenged five expert builders. What is the challenge you ask? They must automate their home using Actobotics! The winner of the contest gets to choose which organization we’ll donate $1,000.

We have enlisted these five awesome expert builders and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

The Challenge:
The Experts must each build a working home automation project using Actobotics and other components.
(This could be anything from a robot that sets the table, a robot that takes out the trash or fold laundry, a build that closes or opens the window blinds, an automatic water gun that squirts unwanted visitors, etc. You get the idea anything that relates to home automation!)

The Rules & Guidelines:

  • Each Expert receives a $1,000 worth of Actobotics parts (they get to choose the parts needed for their project
  • They may use any other parts or electronics in addition to the Actobotics components
  • Projects must be complete by June 3, 2015 at 5:00pm CST

Here’s where you all come in!  The winner will be selected by YOU, the public.  Voting will be open for at least a week.

The Prize:
The winner gets to choose the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) nonprofit/organization of their choice, to which ServoCity will donate $1,000!

Meet the Challengers!

Steve Norris

Steve Norris is the Principle Software Engineer at Arcadia Solutions. Mr. Norris is a software architect and developer with over 35 years of experience ranging from the design and construction of artificial intelligence systems, process knowledge management, web and graphical user interfaces to digital electronics and robotics.  Mr. Norris has worked in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, transportation, chemical, telecommunications and retail software products. He was a co-founder and Software Architect at AI Squared Inc., an MIT spinoff firm that designed and built a model-based reasoning system for the diagnosis of complex equipment such as the GE 9800 CAT scanner, Freightliner Heavy Duty Trucks and the F-16 Flight Control System. Norris started his career at Wang Laboratories and has also worked for a diverse range of companies including: Phios Corporation, Reed Elsevier, Puma Technology, IHVS – intelligent highway navigation and safety systems and WPSI – handheld diagnostic devices for the automotive and trucking industries. Mr. Norris is also a writer and contributing editor to Robot Magazine for which he writes featured articles detailing the design and construction of robot projects.

Building strength:  My primary strength is in software engineering (that’s my day job as well) followed by electronics (that’s where I started my career). I can get by with the mechanical stuff.

Experience: I built my first robot in 1984 – it was a Heathkit Hero-1 of which I still have and restored it to full working condition a few years back. I did not get back into robotics until 10 years ago. Now I build about 3-5 machines per year.

Number of working bots built: I number my robots so now I’m up to 43 in the last 10 years.

Favorite movie robot: ED-209 from Robocop. There is a great scene where it has an epic fail during its first demo.

When robots take over the world, who do you want on your team? When robots take over the world I would want an ED-209 with some software fixes followed by the Terminator series on my side.

 

Steve Norris is the Principle Software Engineer at Arcadia Solutions. Mr. Norris is a software architect and developer with over 35 years of experience ranging from the design and construction of artificial intelligence systems, process knowledge management, web and graphical user interfaces to digital electronics and robotics.  Mr. Norris has worked in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, transportation, chemical, telecommunications and retail software products. He was a co-founder and Software Architect at AI Squared Inc., an MIT spinoff firm that designed and built a model-based reasoning system for the diagnosis of complex equipment such as the GE 9800 CAT scanner, Freightliner Heavy Duty Trucks and the F-16 Flight Control System. Norris started his career at Wang Laboratories and has also worked for a diverse range of companies including: Phios Corporation, Reed Elsevier, Puma Technology, IHVS – intelligent highway navigation and safety systems and WPSI – handheld diagnostic devices for the automotive and trucking industries. Mr. Norris is also a writer and contributing editor to Robot Magazine for which he writes featured articles detailing the design and construction of robot projects.
Building strength:  My primary strength is in software engineering (that’s my day job as well) followed by electronics (that’s where I started my career). I can get by with the mechanical stuff.Experience: I built my first robot in 1984 – it was a Heathkit Hero-1 of which I still have and restored it to full working condition a few years back. I did not get back into robotics until 10 years ago. Now I build about 3-5 machines per year.Number of working bots built: I number my robots so now I’m up to 43 in the last 10 years.Favorite movie robot: ED-209 from Robocop. There is a great scene where it has an epic fail during its first demo.When robots take over the world, who do you want on your team? When robots take over the world I would want an ED-209 with some software fixes followed by the Terminator series on my side.

 

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