The AFRON "10 Dollar Robot" Design Challenge

The goal of the AFRON "10 Dollar Robot" Design Challenge, which ran from 15 June to 15 September 2012, was to design a new class of affordable robots for learning (especially in primary and secondary schools).

We are excited to announce below, the winners in the three categories: Tethered, Traditional (roaming), and All-In-One (self-contained).

Jury

Special thanks to all the members of the jury for this challenge:

  • Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu - NASA JPL, USA 
  • Dr. Alaa Khamis - Associate Professor, German University in Cairo, Egypt 
  • Dr. M. Bernardine Dias - Associate Professor, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
  • Dr. Brett Browning - Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA 
  • Ms. Tracy Booyson  - Chief Scientific Officer, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr. Sam Cubero - Assistant Professor, The Petroleum Institute, UAE

 Winners: Tethered Category

Team NameParticipantsDesign
1. Lollybot (Thailand) Dr Tom Tilley
Payap University, Chiang Mai,
 Lollybot
2. Baobot (USA) Shawn H., Carlos M., Bryan S., Eric C.
Hobbyists (Baobot.org), Washington, D.C.
 Baobot
3. Afrobot (USA) Alexander Reben  Afrobot
4. RoboArm (Nigeria) ADEBOLA Simeon O.M.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,
 RoboArm

 

Winners: Traditional (Roaming) Category

Team NameParticipantsDesign
1. Kilobot (USA) Michael Rubenstein, Christian Ahler, and Radhika Nagpal
Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Cambridge
 Kilobot
2. SwarmRobot (China) Lutz Michaelis, Edward Jiang, Sun Wei Ze, Leo Yan, Spencer Featherstone
XinCheJian Hackerspace, Shanghai
 SwarmRobot
3. SEG (USA) Tyler Hamer, Alexander E. Siy, Kojo Welbeck, Cagdas D. Onal, and Daniela Rus
CSAIL
 SEG
4. DiscBot (USA) Joseph Schlesinger
ArcBotics LLC.
 DiscBot

 

Winners: All-in-one Category

Team NameParticipantsDesign
1. MITBOTS (India) Karanpreet Singh, Amitesh Ranjan, Pawan Saini
MITBOTS, Delhi
 MITbots
2. N-Bot (Brazil) Rafael V. Aroca, Renata Pitta, Aquiles Burlamaqui and Luiz M. G. Gonçalves
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte,  Natal
 N-Bot

 

Honorable Mentions

Team NameParticipant(s)Design
ALFI (Netherlands) Diane Cleij, Ingo van der Heijden, Jeroen Claessens  Alfi
L-BOT (Tokelau) Laurens Weyn  L-Bot
Carve (USA) Michael Shimniok  
FrugalBot (USA)

Mike Robinson and Gabrielle Robinson

Penn State University

 
Juno (India) Narasimhan, Arun Varma, Joseph Antony, Madhuresh, Manigandan.C, Manikandan.A, Padmavathi, Ravi Varman, Saravanan.C, Saravana Govind, Saravanabhavanathan, Ganesan.M, Michael Antony, Prasanna, Vignesh.A, Sudhan Immanuel  
L.I.O.S (Spain) Oscar Rodriguez Parra  

 

All Submissions

We salute all the design challenge participants!

#EntryLink
1 Lollybot http://www.tomtilley.net/projects/suckerbot/
2 Baobot http://baobot.org/
3 MITBOTS(Version 1) http://mitbots.com/proposal_1/
4 Afrobot http://www.afrobot.org
5 N-Bot http://www.natalnet.br/~aroca/afron/index.html
6 RoboArm http://www.roboarmblog.wordpress.com
7 FaceBuddy http://1ststepwebdesign.co.uk/afron/index.html
8 Kilobot https://sites.google.com/site/afron10dollarrobot/
9 SEG http://people.csail.mit.edu/cagdas/tmpAFRON//SEG/SEG__MITs_.....
10 MITBOTS(Version 2) http://mitbots.com/proposal_2/
11 SwarmRobot http://wiki.xinchejian.com/wiki/Xinchejian_Shanghai_Hackerspace_....
12 ALFI https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1H9DcXKzVW3QkdYN3hI...
13 Baobot http://baobot.org/
14 Carve http://www.bot-thoughts.com/2012/09/entry-for-afron-10-dollar-....
15 DiscBot http://arcbotics.com/afron-submission/
16 FrugalBot https://lowcostrobotics.wordpress.com/
17 Juno www.the-robot.in
18 L.I.O.S. http://www.sistemasorp.es/l-i-o-s-the-10-robot/
19 MAVBOT http://mavdisk.mnsu.edu/winstv/MAVBOT_PROTOTYPE/MA....
20 Aulë artifartinsanity.wordpress.com
21 Sevobot

http://lars.roland.bz/servobot/more-information-on-the-servobot/

22 DuckBot TwillTech.com/DuckBot
23 PaperBot http://artbottoys.com/2.html
24 RoboCard/DogmaBot http://wiki.robocard.dk/index.php/AFRON_10_Dollar_Robot_De....
25 Math Player http://rosenblumsoftware.blogspot.com/2012/09/10-robot-challe....
26 AFRON mini-ME http://www.qrpme.com/AFRON%20$10%20ROBOT%20CHALLE...
27 MITBOTS(Version 3) http://mitbots.com/proposal_3/
28 L-BOT http://www.arentix.tk/docabout.php

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