It was the perfect way to end a very well-planned event. On the first two days of Techfest, IIT Bombay was buzzing with exhibits of some cool robots and a few other inventions as well. On the final day, the robots became restless and just wanted to have a go at each other. What followed was a lengthy battle fought hard and long.
This tournament had two robots moving around a grid collecting blocks. The team that collected the most blocks won. The last battle was between C2R and Black Beast, from Thailand and Australia respectively.
Black Beast was the creation of second year students from the Department of Electrical & Computer Science at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Plagued with exams and other academic diseases, they still managed to build this in about two weeks.
Their robots communicated through radio frequency waves and everything, right from the wheels to the circuit boards was custom made. One robot would go and measure the dimensions of the grid. The second, after getting the information would start its mission of picking up blocks.
C2R was made by third year students of the computer engineering department of the Kasetsart University in Kapmphaeng Saen, Thailand. These kids spent two months and about Rs. 1,47,000 (100,000 Thai Bath) to make these robots.