The Next Big Thing – Arena Hazard Mitigation

ECR Summer 2016 Interns
East Coast Robotics has begun a project to tackle a major safety concern in combat robotics, battery fires. In 2015 several robots experienced Lithium Polymer battery fires. While these fires didn’t cause any physical hazard to the venue or audience, they delayed the tournament. During the summer of 2016, three senior level engineering students joined the ECR team to investigate the issues of battery and electronics fires in combat robotics as well as best practices and remediation equipment.

 

 

 

Robogames 2016

East Coast Robotics has done it again. The team traveled to a new venue this year, The Alameda County Fairgrounds, for another week of robot mayhem. Our team constructed the Combat box as well as assist in managing the tournament.

RoboGames 2015

robogames 2015 signEast Coast Robotics traveled to San Mateo for Season 11 of RoboGames in the spring of 2015. Our team members were part of the team responsible for the setup and operation of the large combat arena. Work began several days before the doors opened, it took 3 days to construct the 100,000 pound box. This season featured new Lexan on three sides of the arena, providing the audience and camera crew a crystal clear view of the robots.

Mike Unloading The Truck
Mike Unloading The Truck
Steve moving the bumpers with the forklift
Steve moving the bumpers with the forklift
RoboGames 2015 End of day 1
RoboGames 2015 End of day 1

robogames 2015 Setup end of day 2

 

During the event our group helped with combat control and organization of the fights, as well as maintaining the arena.

Preshow Interviews Inside the Box
Preshow Interviews Inside the Box

After the event we were responsible for take down and reloading the truck, putting the entire show back on the truck in less then 24 hours.

Mike cutting a broken bolt from the bumpers
Mike cutting a broken bolt from the bumpers

Time To Regroup

Combots is fast approaching and despite our best efforts the Hexacopter isn’t quite ready for battle. Members of the team will be traveling to California in October to the competition and will be taking notes on weapon systems and other requirements for battle. Our new goal is to be ready for April’s competition.