Robot Sumo is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a dojo (ring), just like in sumo wrestling. (more on wikipedia…)
2007 Fuzzy Logic
In 2007, Greg Hellard from Invetech ran a sumo robot competition for university students.
With no knowledge of how where to even start, Brendan Carne, Alan Su, Cam Lucas and myself formed a team. We also approached head of Mechatronics at Monash, Andy Russel, who supplied us with an M16 micro controller.
Brendan and Alan focused on the electrical side of the design and Cam and myself focused on the mechanical design.
We came up with the name Fuzzy Logic after covering the surface of the robot with black sheepskin to try and confuse IR sensors.
It was a great learning experience and Fuzzy Logic ended up winning the competition.
Rook vs. a first-time robot sumo
Rook vs. Brendan and Alan’s Echo
2009 Fuzzy Logic 2