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ABUROBOCON 2011 BANGKOK

Another Step towards the Future

In 2000, member countries of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) jointly agreed to organize an annual handmade robot contest to be participated by university and vocational students in the region. In addition to promote relationship and cultural exchange to foster closer ties among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the objective of the contest was to develop knowledge, creativity and innovation among younger people in the region.

The first ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest, known as ABU Robocon, was launched in Tokyo, Japan in 2002 after which member countries took turn to host the regional event. Thailand played host in 2003 to be followed by Korea (2004), China (2005), Malaysia (2006), Vietnam (2007), India (2008), Japan (2009) and Egypt (2010).

1. Outline of the Contest

Each team consists of no more than three robots: one manual and one or two automatic robots. The manual robot must complete the first task by picking up three Joss Stick Pots and placing them at Common Zone before performing other tasks. After that, the manual robot will bring a Candle Base and place it at Decoration Point located on Sala. The manual robot will collect Joss Sticks from the Common Zone to be used again during Krathong assembly.

The automatic robots will collect Krathong Petals and Flowers and place them at Preparation Points. The automatic robots will decorate Krathong by stacking one Krathong Petal and then one Flower on the Candle Base located on Sala. After completing this task, the manual robot will then place three Joss Sticks into the decorated Krathong. The automatic robots will carry the completed Krathong and drop it on River Surface of its own side. No part of any robots can touch or contact the River Surface.

Lastly, only one of the automatic robots will bring and drop a Candle Light Flame on top of the Candle in the completed Krathong floating on the River Surface. No part of any robots can touch or contact the River Surface or the completed Krathong. The first team that drops the Candle Light Flame successfully is the winner of the match. This type of winning is called “Loy Krathong”.

If neither team achieves the “Loy Krathong” within 3 minutes, the winner shall be decided by the earning scores of the completed tasks.

Each match is contested by Red and Blue teams. A match lasts 3 minutes.

2. Game Field: Structure and Specifications

  1. The field consists of a Game Area having the dimension of 12,000 mm x 12,000 mm and surrounded by a wooden fence with a height of 100 mm and a thickness of 50 mm. The game field is divided equally for two teams by a wooden fence with a height of 100 mm and a thickness of 50 mm. The competing teams are Red and Blue teams. (Figures 1-4)
  2. White lines with a width of 30 mm made of non shiny sticker are drawn on the floor of the Game Area.
  3. The Game Area consists of a Common Zone, a Sala, a River Surface, Start Zones, Preparation Points and Storage Points.
    1. Common Zone has a rectangular shape with a width of 500 mm and a length of 3,500 mm painted in light green color. Six Poles are located at the middle line of the Common Zone for placing Joss Stick Pots. The gap between the Poles is 500 mm. Each team can collect at most of nine Joss Sticks from the Common Zone for Krathong assembly.
    2. Sala is a lifted up platform with a height of 300 mm, a width of 4,000 mm and a length of 5,000 mm. It is divided equally for Red and Blue teams. Each part consists of a Decoration Point, a circular shape with a diameter of 510 mm surrounded by a wooden fence with a height of 10 mm and a thickness of 10 mm. Two ramps each with a length of 1,000 mm are built at two sides of the Sala to facilitate the automatic robots for moving up. (Figures 5-6)
    3. River Surface is located in the middle of the Sala. It can be swung by Krathong gravity during dropping. (Figure 7)
      1. River Surface is a platform made of wood with a thickness of 4 mm, a width of 700 mm, a length of 2,400 mm. It is suspended at a level of 280 mm measured from the Sala to the lower surface of the platform by four wires made of stainless steel each with a diameter of 1.5 mm and a length of 350 mm.All parts and mechanisms which form the River Surface are considered as River Surface. They cannot be locked or touched by any robots.
      2. River Bank is made of a wooden fence with a height of 180 mm from Sala and a thickness of 10 mm. There are 4 sides surrounding the River Surface. The River Bank can be painted or decorated to represent water or river. (Figures 8-9)
    4. Each team has 3 Start Zones: two Automatic Start Zones, one Manual Start Zone. Each Start Zone is a square with a length of 1,000 mm each side. Start Zones of Red team are in red color, Start Zones of Blue team are in blue color.
    5. Storage Points and Preparation Points made of wood, steel, or other rigid metal are Poles used to store or place some contest tools. Each Pole of the Storage Points and Preparation Points consists of two sections; lower and upper sections. The lower section has a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 100 mm and a height of 800 mm. The upper section has a total height of 100 mm. Top part of the upper section has a conical shape with the diameter varying from 40 mm measured at the topmost position until 60 mm measured at the distance of 30 mm from the topmost position. The bottom part of the upper section has a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 60 mm. However the upper section of each Pole of the Storage Points of Candle Light Flame has only a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 60 mm and a height of 35 mm. (Figures 10-12)

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