Live from RoboCup 2009 Day 2

This week Richard Allen, Physicist, NIST, will be live blogging from RoboCup 2009 covering the MEMS-scale robot league.

June 29, 2009:

Today the teams arrived.  Remember that picture from yesterday.  Here is what the hall looks like today:

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The Nanogram demonstration was assigned what is nearly ideal space.  We are immediately at the entrance of one of the two halls.  The first thing that everyone who enters this hall will see is our display.  Until we have activity, this is what they will see:

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(Photo by Michael E. Newman, NIST)

We have had many of the participants from other teams and leagues stop by and look at our sign and at our “playing fields.”

I would like to finish today with a note that I don’t expect would surprise any frequent reader of the MIG blog:  Producing a MEMS device almost certainly requires overcoming a technical challenge.  Many, if not all of these challenges are faced by the researcher attempting to produce a MEMS-scale robot.  We had this fact brought home to us over the past week, as several of our teams decided not to come to Graz, because they had not overcome these challenges in a timely fashion and thus do not have functioning robots.

Perhaps we can collectively brainstorm ideas that might help more universities overcome the challenges and achieve working MEMS-scale robots.  I look forward to seeing your comments.

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