RobotChallenge 2006

March 11th, Siemens Forum Wien. The third austrian RobotChallenge.
SHIFZ has decided to participate with drink delivery bot Gaston in the parallel slalom.

Around 9am we approached the location, confident Gaston would be a nice diversion from pure sports for everybody.
Due to the early hour Gaston carried Irish Coffee instead of longdrinks ...
... slowly but surely he saw the line and followed it!
Jurors were surprised to find out how useful Cocktailrobotics could prove for humanity ...
After more Irish Coffee -
... it was much easier to process the fact a former teacher from 20 years ago was one of the Jurors ...
... and the surprise that my old pal Karli Piswanger was presenting the show - hadn't seen him in ages! and had no idea he was working for BRZ, RobotChallenge's main sponsor!
All in all, the event was much more successful for SHIFZ than for others, like Philip Tiefenbacher, whose bot couldn't handle the amount of light.
so, alas, Philip's puck collector didn't earn this name today.
So did i mention we worked hard for our wieners?
Vali and Stefan teamed up to handle the gigantic JVC Okto-Cam to capture a lot of footage. Frank came too late to actually prepare the racing Irish Coffee. But he wore his shirt, so he too earned his weeny.
From left to right: Chris, Frank, Vali, robo-kid whose name i forgot.
Cameras loved Gaston today!
... who served juice later on and earned his kid-proof seal today.
Yes, there were awards awarded, not to Gaston though, that's not why we were here.
In the late afternoon the schedule continued with a symposium.
The pic below shows Adrian Dabrowski to the left - he's one of the organizers of RobotChallenge and also a valued participant at ROBOEXOTICA and he's also onboard SHIFZ's SMS-bot Team. To the right: Chris Veigl. Between them: anonymous quintessenz-member.
After a long working day for a cocktailrobot, Gaston gets exposure on national TV.

2 comments so far...

Steffen Fagerström Christensen Team 23 March 19, 2006, 09:47 PM
Wonderful use of the Story feature. Cudos, man!
Magnus Wurzer March 20, 2006, 07:40 AM
thanx, steffen, nice encouragement from a team member! :)
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