Robo-soccer frenzy in IIT Guwahati

By Syed Zarir Hussain, Indo-Asian News Service | Friday, September 01, 2006 | 11:44:10 AM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Guwahati, Sep 1 (IANS) Assam is in the grip of another football fever with frenzied teams making a beeline to a different game of soccer where it needs no muscle power and physical strength -- just brains and patience.

Guwahati, Sep 1 (IANS) Assam is in the grip of another football fever with frenzied teams making a beeline to a different game of soccer where it needs no muscle power and physical strength -- just brains and patience.

Come Saturday and the sprawling campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is all set to become a veritable playground with as many as 70 teams expected to take part in a unique game of soccer to be played by robots.

The robotic soccer event is part of IIT Guwahati's three-day 'Techniche 2006', an annual technological fair.

Unlike in a football match, a robo-soccer team would have four players, with each team bringing a self-designed robot, and played in a wooden arena measuring 230 cm x 125 cm.

In all there would be four teams participating in a single match in the arena divided into two halves. Two strikers try to hit goals and the goalkeepers try to defend the goalposts. The four robots then have their roles reversed.

The pint-sized wired robots measuring 20cm x 20cm x 15cm would use a table tennis ball for the match. Points would be awarded to the striker for hitting the goal whereas goalkeepers lose points for failing to save.

'The enthusiasm is tremendous for the robo-soccer event. More than half the teams are from outside IIT,' Naveen Tanwar, an event organiser, told IANS.

The winners take home a handsome cash booty.

Robo soccer apart, there are other robotics competitions at the fest. These include machines that can perform two-dimensional motion underwater like a submarine.

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