The objective of this competition is to complete the course in the shortest period of time, while staying balanced.
A balancing robot is a robot that is statically unstable: the robot will remain upright under its own power, but it will fall over if power is removed. Examples of a balancing robot include:
The robot may be either remote controlled or autonomous. Both types of robots will compete against each other.
Robots start behind a white starting line. Finish lines are approximately 6 meters from the starting line. There are two white finish lines, placed approximately 60cm apart. The timer starts when the robot crosses the starting line. The timer stops when the robot remains stationary with its wheels between the two finish lines.
Obstacles may be placed on the course, at the discretion of the robot owner. Each obstacle successfully traversed will apply a scoring multiplier to the robot's time. See "Scoring" for more details.
Course boundaries will be determined prior to race. Robots that stray outside of the course boundaries will have 2X the time outside the boundary added to their score.
Each robot will have a maximum of 3 minutes to complete the course.
Robots will receive a score equivalent to the number of seconds from start to finish.
If a robot falls over, a penalty of 10 seconds will be assessed. The robot may be set upright and continue from the point where is fell over.
Obstacles are assigned a scoring multiplier between 0.1 and 0.9 and will reflect the difficulty of traversing the obstacle.
Approved obstacles include:
Each robot is given 3 attempts to complete the course. The best score out of the three attempts will be used as the final score.
Scoring will be at the sole discretion of the judges.
One or more judges will officiate the contest. They will ensure the spirit of these rules are followed and impose scoring penalties or remove a robot from competition if the robot is operating in an unsafe manner or not complying with the spirit of these rules. The decisions of the judges are final.
The robot must be constructed so that is does not damage the course or pose a danger to spectators.
Each robot weighing more than 5 pounds must demonstrate a suitable fail-safe stop mechanism before it will be allowed to compete. The robot builder is responsible for devising the safety stop mechanism. Some possibilities include: