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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Junkyard Wars: Speed Walker

From September 23rd to 25th, I competed with some friends in a local Junkyard Wars competition. The challenge was to build a machine that walks and then to drive it around an obstacle course.

Three teams of ten people competed, and all three teams built a machine that worked to some extent. One machine only took about six steps and had trouble steering; another took about 15 steps before breaking a few knees; ours made it through all the events and lasted long enough for most of the team to try driving it.

Here's the team after our stunning victory.


Some shots of the mechanism.



If you've got bandwidth and time on your hands, here's a music video (19MB) that one of my teammates made.


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