This trip was something we were looking forward to and why not? Three back to back competitions and demos in 3 countries. Here it is:
Robocup Iran Open 2011
Our first stop was the historical city of Tehran in Iran. Robocup Iran Open is a regional event of Robocup, one of the most prestigious competitions in robotics.
As a pleasant surprise to us, Iran turned out to be one of the most advanced countries in robotics in the world.
Moving on to the events now. Among a plethora of events like robo soccer, search and rescue, AcYut participated in events under the teen size category.
In the walking technical challenge, a bot has to walk a certain distance and has to autonomously turn around by detecting a marked line. AcYut excelled and won a special award for the best performance in the teen size humanoid league.
Enginuity(BITS Dubai techfest) demo
Our next stop was Dubai. We were here for the BITS Dubai techfest & Samay also joined us and this time we got to see a lot of Dubai in our van, thanks to BITS Dubai.
We presented AcYut at the fest and also showed live image processing in which AcYut followed a moving ball with its head.
AcYut then performed some jigs entertaining the audiences with a final dance performance, which drew a lot of cheering! Then we were off to the Bay Area.
We also met our founding team mentor Prof R.K. Mittal, who is currently Director of BITS Dubai campus.
Robogames 2011, SFO, USA
As they say, the journey is more important than the destination. And we cant agree more. This time our destination was the lovely San Francisco for Robogames.
Starting with the free style category competition, AcYut amazed the audience by a spectacular show of robotic dance and showed its masculine power with several push-ups. With appreciation from the judges and the crowd, AcYut was presented the silver medal for the event.
The very next day, in the autonomous weight-lifting event, AcYut lifted as much as 20 CDs and ended the show by grabbing another silver medal followed by loads of hooting!!
One more thing, if you visit US don’t forget to visit this city.
SFO with its steep rolling hills, eclectic architectural mix and the Golden Gate bridge was really a treat to our eyes.
Cheers to AcYut !