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Robots in Review: Pi Wars 2018

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Wow! What a weekend it has been! Massive thank you shoutout to Michael Horne and Tim Richardson for putting together what has been an absolutely fantastically organised weekend!

The PiBorg stand at Pi Wars 2018

Being my first ever Pi Wars, and not really understanding anything technically (at least not yet!) it was great to start engaging in the community, though. I met so many amazing people, and some equally as amazing robots!

There was a robot football game as well as a robot that could solve 4x4 Rubik’s Cubes (I still can’t solve a 3x3 without spending a while and reading the instructions!)

Pi Wars was my first real opportunity to get involved with the community, and I managed to meet so many fantastic people, including: Dr Lucy Rogers, Lucy Hattersley, Lorraine Underwood, Tanya Fish, and so many others!

I was also very excited to finally get to see a MonsterBorg in action!
I also learnt a few things to do with electronics! For instance, how to check the voltage and RPM of motors (who knew it would be printed on the motor?!)

I was truly amazed by the number of teams at the event, and some came from far away, just for the weekend! Massive shout outs to the teams from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Turkey, and New Mexico!

The team from Malaysia
The team from Malaysia.



The team from Albuquerque, New Mexico
The team from Albuquerque, New Mexico - Photo credit to Kerry Bruce


It was great to see the wide variety of robots and control systems that the teams had brought along, and I was honestly astounded by how many of them used PiBorg boards. As PiBorg was situated between the Straight Line Speed Test and the Slightly Deranged Golf, we had some great views of both events, including the time that team Ely Maker may have, unfortunately, learnt that hard way that speed isn’t everything (even in the Straight Line Speed Test).

Ely Maker’s robot after the crash

Everyone seemed to have had a really good time, despite it being very busy and non-stop! Massive thanks and congratulations to not only the winners, but to all competitors, without whom, the weekend would not have been half as worthwhile!

“I was very honoured to be asked to judge the straight line speed test. Tim and Mike do a great service to the community and a great job at PiWars every year and it’s a wonderful way to bring the community together." - Tim Freeburn



Can’t wait to see you all again very soon!




Last update: May 03, 2018


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