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May192006

Robot Sumo

Robots from all over Japan competed in this fast-paced Sumo tournament. Check out some of the highlights. Video after the jump.

The high speeds also create some interesting sensing and tracking challenges. It’s not enough for a robot to sense were it’s opponent happens to be. In the high speed matches it also has to take the direction and velocity of the opponent into consideration so that it can attack where the other robot ‘will be’ instead of where ‘it is.’

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