Canyon Rush

Canyon Rush

Height of the safe zone changed to 15 cm from the ground

Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing an arena similar to a canyon and saving victims stranded at certain depths.

ARENA COMPONENTS

Canyon Specification:

  • The height of the topmost point of canyon from the ground is 75 cm.
  • Central axis of the groove will be at a height of 45 cm from the ground and base of groove will be at 39 cm from the ground.
  • Length of Canyon will be 4 m in first round and 5.2 m in second round.
  • Distance between inner walls of the canyon will be 25 cm.       

 

View of Canyon            

Grooves:

 The arena will consist of grooves and sub grooves of following specifications :

  • Primary Groove: Height 12 cm and Width of 5 cm.
  • Sub groove:  Height 5 cm and width 3 cm.
  • The groove plane will have varying altitude for an interval. This altitude will vary from a height of 45 cm to a maximum height of 55 cm with an inclination of 15-30 degrees from the floor of the arena.
  • Additionally, the groove plane will turn for a length in the second round.

Closer View Of Grooves

Altitude change and Turns:

  • The Canyon will have varying altitude in first round. The groove plane will have a maximum rise of 10 cm in a span of 60 cm, ranging from a height  of 45 cm to 55 cm from the floor of arena.
  • Second round will have turns in the Canyon having instantaneous turns, whose angular deviation ranging from 10 to 20 degrees.     

                 

       Elevation                 

Objects (Victims):

  • These will be wooden cubes of dimension 6cm * 6cm * 6cm (l*b*h).
  • The upper surface of the object will be provided with a loop to enable picking.
  • The weight of the object will be less than 90 g.



 

 Object (Victim)

Rope:

  • A rope will run through the middle of the Canyon at a height of 85 cm from the ground. This rope will be slack.
  • Robot can clasp the rope at the start of the run. In case the robot loses balance during the run, the rope will save it from falling.
  • Rope can not be used for traversing the arena, it is only a safety measure. Points will be deducted if the robot loses balance during the run.
  • Use of rope is optional.

Safe Zone:

  • The canyon will have various Safe Zones where the robot can deposit the collected objects.
  • Dimension of each Safe Zone will be 20 cm * 10 cm.

  

 

View of Safe Zones

 

  • Traverse a canyon with the help of grooves and sub grooves.

  • Pick up the objects (victims) placed at different locations at and deposit them on the safe zone.

General Rules:

  • A maximum number of participants allowed per team: 4 people.
  • The participants will be provided with 220 Volts, 50 Hz standard AC supply.
  • Participants will have to themselves arrange for any other power supply required for their robot.
  • Teams qualifying the first round/winner of Mechanical Design Competition will go into the second round and those qualifying the second round participate in the third round.
  • Teams cannot tinker with their bots during the run.
  • LEGO kits or its spare parts or pre-made mechanical parts are not allowed. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Mindstorms)
  • The decision of the Team Robotix will be final and binding.
  • The rules are subject to change.

Event Rules:

  • The robot will start its run from the start zone.
  • The robot has to traverse the arena, collect objects and deposit them in the safe zone.
  • In first round, objects(victims) would be kept on the floor of arena.
  • In second round victims would be placed at two different locations.  
    1. Floating on water surface, around 3 cm above the ground level.                        
    2. On platforms of size 10 cm*10 cm  elevated by 15 cm from the floor of the arena.
  • There will be a rope overhead for the safety of the robot. Use of rope  is optional ,Robot can hang on to the rope at the start of the run to avoid falling down. The mechanism by which Robot is hanging to the rope should be slack during the run.
  • Points will be awarded for collecting and depositing the objects at the end of the run.
    1. Collected objects: Objects on the robot.                   
    2. Deposited Objects: Objects in the safe zone.
  • Bonus points will be awarded for depositing objects on the safe zone.
  • The third round will be One-on-One with tasks similar to previous rounds.

Robot Specifications:

  • Robot should fit into a box of dimensions  50cm x 50cm x 50cm (l*b*h), dimensions of the robot are to be considered with a maximum tolerance of 10 %. No part/mechanism of/on the bot should exceed the given dimensions at the commencement of the event. However the dimensions can change during the course of the run.
  • Dimensions of the arena are to be considered with a maximum tolerance of 10 %. However the robot should strictly adhere to the mentioned dimensions.

 

Round One

 

Front View

 

Internal View of Arena

 

Arena Description:

  • The arena would consist of grooves and sub grooves.
    Primary groove : height 12 cm and width of 5 cm.
    Sub groove :  height 5 cm and width 3 cm.
  • Central axis of the groove will be at a height of 45 cm from the ground and starting point of groove will be at 39 cm from the ground.
  • Length of canyon will be 4 m.
  • There will be 2 safe zones in the arena, position of safe Zones will be disclosed during the event.
  • 4 objects (victim) will be kept on the floor of the arena.
  • The altitude of the grooves will be changing between 45 cm to 55 cm from the floor of the arena.

 

Task:

  • Collect the objects and deposit them in the safe zone in the given time.

Round Rules:

  • Maximum time : 3 minutes.
  • Number of objects : 4
  • Maximum number of Time-outs allowed :2 (1 min each)
  • Restarts allowed : 1


Scoring Formula:

  • 75 points will be awarded for collecting each object.
  • Additional 100 points will be awarded for depositing them in the safe Zone.
  • 50 points will be deducted if the collected object falls in the arena.
  • 100 points will be deducted if the robot falls from the groove plane or hangs during the run. In case the Robot only displaces from it’s path ,the participants can ask for timeout or restart .
  • 50 points will be deducted for each timeout.
  • 100 points will be deducted for each restart.

 

75*(object collected) + 100*(object deposited) - 50*(for dropping every object) - t’(Time Factor)*Time(in seconds) - 50*(Number of timeouts) - 100*(Restart)

 

 

Round Two

 

Front View

 

Arena Description:

  • The arena will consist of grooves and sub grooves of various specifications.
    The Primary groove : height 12 cm and width of 5 cm.
    Sub groove : Height 5 cm and width 3 cm.
  • Central axis of the groove will be at a height of 45 cm from the ground and starting point of groove will be at 39 cm from the ground.
  • Length of canyon will be 5.2 m.
  • There will be 3 safe zones in the arena at the height of 15 cm, position of safe Zones will be disclosed during the event.

 

  • 6 objects (victims) of which 3 will be kept on the water surface upto 3 cm above the floor of arena and 3 will be kept on platforms at a height of 10 cm from the floor of arena. Location of objects will be disclosed during the event.

                    

  • The canyon’s altitude will change similar to first round.It will also turn for an interval during its course. 

Task:

  • Collect the objects both from the platforms and water surface and deposit them in the safe zone in the given time.

Second Round Rules:

  • Maximum time : 4 minutes.
  • Number of objects : 6
  • Maximum number of Time-outs allowed : 3 (1 min each)
  • Restarts allowed: 1

 

Scoring :

  • 100 points will be awarded for collecting object placed on water surface. 75 points will be awarded for collecting objects placed on platforms. Additional 100 points will be awarded for depositing them in the safe Zone.
  • 50 points will be deducted if the collected object falls in the arena.
  • 100 points will be deducted if the robot falls from the groove plan or hangs during the run. In case the Robot only displaces from it’s path ,the participants can ask for timeout or restart .
  • 50 points will be deducted for each timeout.
  • 100 points will be deducted for each restart.

 

Scoring Formula :

 75*(object collected from the platforms) + 100*(object collected from the water surface) + 100*(object deposited) - 50*(for dropping every object) - t’(Time Factor)*Time(in seconds) - 50*(Number of timeouts) - 100*(Restart).

Round Three

  • This round will be a one-on-one round.
  • The task and arena will be disclosed at the time of the event.
  • However, no extra mechanisms will be required.

Scoring Rules:

First Round :

  • 75 points will be awarded for collecting an object placed on the ground.
  • 100 points will be awarded for depositing them in the safe Zone.
  • 50 points will be deducted if the collected object falls in the arena.
  • 100 points will be deducted if the robot falls.
  • 50 points will be deducted for each timeout.
  • 100 points will be deducted for each restart.

Second Round :

  • 100 points will be awarded for collecting object placed on water surface.
  • 75 points will be awarded for collecting objects placed on platforms.
  • 100 points will be awarded for depositing them in the safe Zone.
  • 50 points will be deducted if the collected object falls in the arena.
  • 100 points will be deducted if the robot falls.
  • 50 points will be deducted for each timeout.
  • 100 points will be deducted for each restart.

Category of Event : Manual Robotics

Canyons are one of the most fearsome and awe-inspiring natural phenomena. Vast expanses, uncharted territory and ominous falls looming around every corner. As formidable as they are in and of themselves, the feat of traversing one with a robot takes things to a whole new dimension. That is the experience that ROBOTIX 2014 tries to replicate with its manual event, Canyon Rush.
Teams have to build and operate a manually controlled robot to make its way around a canyon-like arena using grooves and furrows along the walls, navigate obstacles and rescue victims stranded along the way. Let the heroics begin!

Abstract Submission is not required for this Event. Register here to participate.

The tutorial to the event can be found here.

You can discuss your doubts regarding the event at Canyon Rush Forum.

Facebook Discussion Group for the event Canyon Rush.

Check out the new Canyon Rush Video Tutorial.

For any queries or doubts regarding the event Canyon Rush, visit our forum or contact:

Deepak Agarwal

mail-to : deepak@robotix.in

8900640470

Payal Priyadarshini

mail-to :payal@robotix.in

8101446795

Facebook Discussion group for the event Canyon Rush.

Canyon Rush- Mechanical Design

Problem Statement: To submit a mechanical design of the robot capable of solving the problem statement of Canyon Rush, a manual event of ROBOTIX ‘14, held during Kshitij.

Submission Deadline is 5th January, 2014.

Evaluation Criteria:

The following factors will be taken into consideration for judgement:

  • Facebook Likes 30%
  • Submission 70%
    • Feasibility 30%
    • Innovation 20%
    • Cost Effectiveness 10%
    • Presentation 10%

Rules:
The rules of this competition are as follows:

General Rules:

  1. Each team can consist of a maximum of 4 members.
  2. Each team should have unique participants i.e. no two teams can have even a single participant common.
  3. Multiple entries from a single participant are allowed.
  4. The team members can be from different institutes or colleges.
  5. The Mechanical design winners will be eligible for the rewarded benefits in Robotix 2014 subject to the condition that the robot made for the event should be completely based on the submitted design.
  6. Right spirit of participation is expected from the participants.
  7. The decision of Team ROBOTIX will be final and binding.

Event Rules:

  1. Every mechanism should be well explained, accompanied by a pictorial representation of the same. Diagrams are mandatory for each of the mechanisms.
  2. Diagrams can be in the form of drawings, sketchup models or animated videos etc.
  3. Mechanisms can further be explained with the help of an animated video (optional).
  4. All the electrical components used in a particular mechanism should be mentioned clearly, with all relevant specifications.
  5. The design of the robot should be explained in not more than 5 pages.
  6. An additional “introduction page” is to be submitted along with your report.
  7. The introduction page will be shared on our facebook page (in .jpeg format) by us and likes on this image will be taken into consideration.

Contents of Introduction Page:

The introduction page should consist of:

  1. Pictorial representation of the all the mechanisms involved (Proper diagrams with one line description of each of them)
  2. Name of participant(s), college and may be a one liner describing your design.

Submission Rules:

  1. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 25th December,2013
  2. The report will consist of the documentation of the mechanism and the introduction page. The sample report can be found here.
  3. The submissions should be mailed to canyonrush@robotix.in . The report of the submission should be in .pdf format (Sample) and the Introduction page separately in .jpeg (Sample) format.
  4. The design can’t be updated 24 hrs after the submission.
  5. On our facebook page,only the introduction page of the submission will be shared.
  6. While sharing the introduction page on facebook, the name of the participant(s) will be added in description.
  7. For judgement, likes will be considered only  from the time of uploading till 10th January 2014.
  8. Results will be declared on 12th of January on facebook page as well as website.

Prizes:

  1. A chance to get a direct entry into the second round of event Canyon Rush, going to be held during Kshitij 2014.
  2. Bonus-runs for the runner-ups in the first round.
  3. Lots of exciting prizes and goodies to be won.