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Hebocon Robot Battles 2024!

Posted on 07 May 2024 by operator (0)

LayerOne is coming up soon! If you haven’t registered yet, register while you can!

For those attending, are you planning to participate in Hebocon? You should, it’s great! Hebocon is a Robotic Battle for those on an extreme budget. Originating in Japan, it pits poorly constructed robots, modified electric toys and last-minute creations against one another in a Sumo-style arena. Hebocon starts at 11:00 on Sunday in the Hardware Hacking Village! Sign up on-site in the Hardware Hacking Village with your bot to participate!

How do I play?

Build a robot. A really terrible robot. You can either build your robot and bring it to the conference, or build it on-site in our renowned Hardware Hacking Village. There should be plenty of electronics rework equipment in the HHV, but feel free to bring some extras to guarantee that you have tools to work with or share with others. See below for full contest rules and restrictions for robot construction and operation.

How can I help others?

You can help by bringing building materials & spare electonics to share with others working on a bot. Very useful parts include: DC Motors (under 12v), batteries and battery holders, wires, super glue, hot glue guns, and etc. Remember – parts don’t need to be brand new. Crappy, sometimes unpredictable robots is kinda the point : ) Got a bin of parts sitting around your house, workshop, or hackerspace? Bring it and put it to good use: dying in glorious combat like all electronics are destined to do.

Contest Rules

  • Arena is 50cm x 100cm
  • Robots must fit within their half of arena (50cm x 50cm) at start of match
  • Matches are 1 minute in length
  • Tournament is a swiss-style competition to guarantee maximum playtime for all competitors!
  • Competition is Sumo-bot style, therefore the goal is for your robot to be moving in the arena while your opponent is not.
    • There are some restrictions on robots in size, weight, and technological candor.
    • Technological restrictions to be determined by judges on case by case basis during sign in for any “technology” used as method of robots performance in match. Robots should be as simple as possible, staying away from direct radio control or on board hardware that could be interpreted as “technologically advanced”
    • Don’t bring your 60lb pet rock

    Hope to see you later this month!

    The LayerOne Staff

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