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When I heard about this coming back I actually started thinking about building a Pi powered one, but have no real skill when it comes to building mechanical stuff. Could hack together the programming and electronics now though I reckon.

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On 7/17/2016 at 06:00, JPickford said:

What would the Pi (or any computer) do to help?  These aren't autonomous robots.  They are just remote controlled cars.

 

I think proper autonomous robot wars would be way more interesting though. 

This, I think. I can't think of anything the Pi (or any on-board automation) would do, otherwise. In my head, the Pi enables some sort of amazing thing on legs that can jump out of the way, etc.

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On 19/07/2016 at 19:07, TehStu said:

This, I think. I can't think of anything the Pi (or any on-board automation) would do, otherwise. In my head, the Pi enables some sort of amazing thing on legs that can jump out of the way, etc.

In the American Battlebots series that's currently ongoing, there is a robot (called Chomp?) with optical or LIDAR sensors in the front purely for triggering the weapon when an opponent is in the right place.  The weapon is an ineffective hammer/spike, and the rest of the robot is poorly designed, badly driven and keeps falling over, but the accuracy of the sensor meant it got enough direct hits to win its first-round fight on a judges decision.

 

May not actually use a Raspberry Pi, but still.

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Why are the competitors wearing earpieces during the battles? #conspiracy

 

Dunno if I like the 4-way battle right from the off. Too confusing to watch when you're dealing with unfamiliar robots. Also, one of the arena cameras is set to 25fps but the others aren't. Nrrg. 

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Entertaining at moments but reminded me of all the things that frustrate about it. The pit is involved in far too many wins because for the most part they're all a bit ineffectual.

 

Carbide is reasonably impressive, but they need to get their spinner working more reliably.

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Well I enjoyed it. But you can't really go wrong with robots bashing seven shades of shit out of each other can you. I don't know what's supposed to have been changed. It's basically exactly the same format isn't it?

I don't think O'Briain adds anything to the proceedings at all. It's the type of show that needs a little bonkers razzamataz and Charles added that. So yeah, I'm glad it's back but no mad poet makes me sad. :(

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Good to have Robot Wars back but there's quite a few things I'm not happy with (some really petty)

 

- No title music

- No Sgt Bash

- No Craig Charles, not a big fan of Dara 

- Not sold on each one having 3 head to head fights after the initial group fight

- The way it was filmed felt off, too many cuts that distracted from the action 

- Dont like how it doesn't look like you can flip a robot out of the arena anymore.

- In the head to heads why are the teams in the same room? Why does this bother me?

 

Plus too much talking with the teams before the fights. 

 

IIRC this used to be a 40-45min show, could do with losing 15 minutes and cutting back on the number of H2H battles/intro parts at the start. 

 

But still it provided some entertaining moments and it's good to have it back. And the female presenter is lovely :wub:

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