Whew! Just got back from Las Vegas (12:00am) with a truckload
of robots (NINE of them!), so forgive me if none of this update makes sense,
but I feel that I have to post SOME update here....
The event was AWESOME! I had a blast, met a bunch of great people, spent time with several other builders, enjoyed some of Vegas outside the robot-world, had a few minor problems with my robot, but I think Nightmare still put on a good show. Vegas was a perfect place for this, although I wish they had hyped it up a bit more to the tourists and locals looking for a great, inexpensive show, but I know everyone was pressed for time and helping hands. BattleBots has requested that the results of the event not be made public until after the January 29 Pay-Per-View showing, so I intend to honor their request. I took dozens of pictures of the robots, builders, and the pit, I hope I can get permission to post them here, so stay tuned for that. If you were a builder and do not wish your robot to appear in my report, please e-mail me.
I was very impressed at the selection of robots at the event. The quality has been getting better and better each time, and I love to see all the cool new ideas coming together, the help and encouragement between builders, and the overall attitude of "we just do this for the fun of it". Thanks to all the contestants who took time to intruduce themselves to me, although I might not recognize you next time I meet you (everything turns into a blur for me at these things), I was glad to be able to (for the most part), leave my robot and walk around talking to everyone and watching the goings-on in the pit and behind the scenes. The super-heavies were nicely built, especially considering the short time they had to build to specification, the UK robots put on an awesome show, and, without saying too much, the big turnovers of the event, and especially the 2 year old vengeances were SOOOO cool to watch! Absolutely loved the rumbles, although I didn't get in again for the second event in a row- <sigh>. (Stupid electronic failures!) I'm already going through all the mental steps to prepare Nightmare for the next event, two MAJOR upgrades and several minor ones that I had hoped to implement weeks ago, but ran out of time... all will be ready for next time.
Thanks to everyone who made BattleBots-Las Vegas such a wonderful show! Mark your calendars, tell your friends, family and co-workers about the January 29 Pay Per View show, it will be one NOT to be missed!!
Well, it sure was cutting it close- this being the weekend right before BattleBots, but I finished all the changes and repairs to Nightmare today- man, am I sore. And with not a moment to spare, he goes on the truck tomorrow with all the rest of the robots that I'm driving out to Vegas for Wednesday's big event (Total of 9 going in the truck, 6 loaded already). Hope to see many of you guys out there, if you get a chance, and I don't look too busy, come on up and say "hi", I'd love to hear more of the inside story with everyone else's robot adventures, even if you haven't built one yet.
See ya in Vegas!
If you have e-mailed me in the past about taking your robot from the SF Bay area to the BattleBots-Las Vegas event, please contact me again, I'm trying to get a final show of hands to see how many robots will be in the truck and give you directions to drop of your 'bot this Saturday or Sunday. Thanks
Almost time for
BattleBots! Next Wednesday! I'm in crazy mode here, trying to finish
up Nightmare for his appearance
at the BattleBots- Las Vegas event, so my updates here may be delayed a
bit. I've run into a couple of snags while fixing up Nightmare, but finally
things are going as planned, I may be down to the wire with some of the
upgrades, but at least the basics are finished.
I finally got around to putting up a page about my Halloween costume robot, check it out and tell me what you think.
Wow, time is flying, it's November already, so I've archived
the October updates below with the rest of them.
Just a reminder that if there are any topics you are looking for from past
updates, you can search for them with the search box at the top of this
page. This is convenient if you haven't tuned in here in a while and want
to see if certain topics have been brought up.
Well, my employer's (ILM) big annual Halloween party was, as usual, a huge event, with literally thousands of people showing up with some of the most elaborate costumes I have ever seen, and deservingly so, given that the prizes, as usual were HUGE, as to provide the most incentive to be creative and original. Prizes included trips to Hawaii, computers, and massive entertainment equipment. As you faithful readers here probably know, I spent the last month building a costume for this party to take a shot at a chance for one of these awesome prizes. My wife and I spent long weekend hours putting together our 9-foot tall metal and wood robot costume, complete with vaccuum cleaner, headlight eyes, motorized base, about 200 LEDs and other lights (including neon), kitchen and other home appliances, and more, and ended up with "HouseBot 2000". We built HouseBot so that both of us could sit inside, back to back, with our arms out the sides, and a control box with joystick controller (complete with Vantec speed controller) running the drive system, which had to haul around the nearly 500lbs weight total with all the metal, batteries, and us aboard! The thing is HUGE, and was a big success at the party, I loved having the only motorized costume there, and 'parting' the crowd to show off to the judges was a kick. When it came down to it, we were invited to drive up on the stage as finalists in the costume contest, and after an enthusiastic crowd vote, we actually WON one of the seven fantastic prize packages!!! We scored with a new iMac computer, a Compaq Aero color palmtop computer, a Cellular One phone with 6 months free access, and a Y2K survival kit! Awesome! Definietly worth the time we put into that costume. We were so surprised and honored to be picked out of so many great costumes there. Some other favorites were a 12 foot "Iron Giant" costume, and a 3-person "Titanic" that actually broke in half after hitting the 3rd person, who was the "iceberg". Crazy stuff...
I need to get my film developed from the event, I'll post some pictures on a new page soon.
Now what the heck do I do with a 9 foot robot? Its so big, I don't have room to store it, and I don't have the heart to disassemble it, so maybe I'll donate it to BattleBots or something....
Oh well, Happy November! Guess I better get back to work on the "real" robot again- Nightmare is only half-upgraded....
I've added a "How it works" page for the Auto-Links page. If you have a robot website listed on my AutoLinks page, you might want to check it out.