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Post by Andrew_Hibberd » Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:45 pm

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I have created this topic on what the best fight program would be.

My question is "How can you tell the difference between the wall and the opponant?"

I haven't been able to come up with anything suitable.

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Post by BeligerAnt » Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:02 pm

I think the short answer is that you can't! At least not without some seriously clever image processing, object recognition system.

Certainly way beyond the abilities of my little PIC-based IR-sensing creation!

The practical answer for minisumo is that the sumo ring is surrounded by a large "keep out" area. I think the theory is that a well-designed robot would be able to "see" across the ring, but not "see" from inside the ring to outside of the "keep out" area.

Whilst this works fine for non-hazardous sumo robots, it makes things difficult for autonomous ants fighting in an enclosed arena. Or, it makes for a huge (and expensive) enclosure.

I also can't see any realistic solution, which is another reason why I favour adopting the existing minisumo rules and format for autonomous competition.
Gary, Team BeligerAnt

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