Pune: A total of 107 teams would be participating in the 13th edition of ABU National Robocon organised by Doordarshan and MIT Academy of Engineering Alandi at Balewadi Sports Complex from March 1 to 3.
The winner will represent India at the ABU International Robocon 2018 to be held in Vietnam later this year.
As every year, top engineering colleges including NITs and IITs would contest for the coveted award. Robocon is a platform provided for budding engineers to enhance their skills in the field of robotics and adept with the fast-advancing technology.
Experienced and highly knowledgeable judges from IITs, NITs, CoEP and MIT judge the games and the overall contest.
The contest theme this year is ‘NÉMCÒN: The Festival Wishing Happiness and Prosperity’. The concept of the ABU Robocon 2018’s theme and rules are based on an interesting folk game called ‘Shuttlecock Throwing’.
Dr Yogesh Bhalerao, Director, MIT Academy of Engineering said “The game consists of an open field with a 15m bamboo trunk planted in the middle. A bamboo ring is hung on top of the bamboo stick. The ring is covered in yellow and pink papers. Yellow colour represents the moon, while pink represents the sun. The heart and soul of this game is the Shuttlecock.
A shuttlecock is an object made of cotton balls or filled with rice husk. The shuttlecock is hung by a string sewn to its centre. When playing, the player holds the end of the string to swing it clockwise various times before throwing and aims for the centre of the ring. If the shuttlecock makes it through the ring, the player wins. The teams of ABU Robocon 2018 are expected to design formidable robots and charismatic shuttlecocks showing their colours.”
The details of the contest are available on the website www.roboconindia.com. The winners of the National Robocon would enter the ABU International Robocon at Vietnam as teams from India. The Robocon would be broadcasted live on Doordarshan.