March 3, the robot, designed by the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” student, won silver at the international robots tournament “Robomaticon” in Warsaw, Poland. Another device, developed in Kharkiv, entered the contest top 10.
The event has taken place at Warsaw Polytechnic University since 2010. This year it gathered about 300 participants from Ukraine, Germany, Russia and other countries. During the tournament, dozens of robots were fighting, overcoming obstacles and performing various tasks in MicroMouse, Sumo, Freestyle, Humanoid Sprint, Line Follower and Death Race categories.
The prize-winning Sumo robot called TrisM was assembled by a 6-year student of Computer and Information Technologies faculty of the National Technical University Denis Voloshyn. The student states that he has been fond of robotics since a young age and always wanted to work in this area. He assembled his robot for about a month, especially for the international Polish contest.
The inventor bought some components from China via the Internet as well as in Kharkiv and printed the case on a 3D printer. The main task of the robot was to push its opponent out of the ring. “The competition was tough and honest,” says Voloshyn. “And my machine was the second giving the way only to a Polish invention, which was fair.”
Another Kharkivite from the same university Pavlo Belousov, who got into top 10 with his device called Opossum, says that he spent about $50 for the parts. The robot was both factory-made and assembled by hand.
“Although Polish and German teams had substantial funding and technical support, Kharkivites were able to pass over other participants due to their knowledge and gift for constructing,” noted head of the department and the inventors’ graduating project advisor Serhiy Semenov, who accompanied his students in Poland.
The young inventors are currently planning to improve the robots and to continue their career.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Robomaticon, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”