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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Coding Standard

Programming is a very flexible language to use. But in an organization, sometimes it is bound to a standard. It is a good start to practise the ROBOCON Coding Standard starting with your Auto Car programming.

This is a copy of the standard (Updated). Link

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Robocon Workshop- Mechanical (first day--14/08/2010)

Senior was explaining the system of extension and slider used in robot UTM.

Robot demonstration ( Manual robot UTM B- champion 2010)

Chapter 6 was about the actuator used in robot.

Robocon member are explaining the function of the machine.


it is a nice phrase which is used by my department leader all the way long doing robot’s mechanism.

He is a creative person that I look up to,

who inspired me a lot in Robocon…

It is true that the "thing" will not be the "thing" that you think…

Most of the times when we talk about the theoretical concept by logical thinking we cannot really predict what are we going to get at the end, unless we carry out it into PRACTICAL.

The truth is always weird, there are a lot of thing that we cannot really predict what we are going to get until the end.
Most of the time, we are limited by the cultural thinking of our own thought.

Everything is possible, just the way how you think.
As there is million kind of ways in doing a task. You are the one who will decide how you complete it.
There is no task that cannot be done; just the way that how you want it to be done.

“… that is impossible!!!”
Sometimes, people are keeping telling themselves that the thing is impossible to be done.
They are actually limiting themselves into a tiny box when they said the words.
Try to think out of the box, as we should believe ourselves that, we can do it better and better.

Just do it before you say:” it is impossible!”
Everything is possible in our life; we should push our limit beyond the limit that we set for ourselves.

And do not scare of the problem that you will face, because you should know that ……….
You can solve it!!!

Here, I would like to thanks all my seniors, especially those who are from the mechanism department giving me the opportunity in exploring in the world of mechanism, it is tough…..but it is really nice when we create something that we want to…

By kkx (August 20, 2010)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Your Path?

It is not to say that joining ROBOCON is not tiring, exhausting, sometimes stressful and it does affect our study. Sometimes humans in ROBOCON is seen as a robots creating another robot. But is the view fair? Do we really need that kind of credit?

Obviously if seen from our side of the mirror, we don't really mind those thinking and view. Being a ROBOCON member has its own advantage and privilege. We know that it is time go grow up and think for OURSELVES.

Thus the path is laid there. We are the one who have chosen the path. The path of a member of ROBOCON. We know that we are no longer kids who play around. We know that we are not teenagers that linger around. We are now a fully grown adult.

Some might say it is a waste for not enjoying the time while you are in your youth. Of course we beg to differ. Humans have different thinking and choice of life. Probably the joy is there to have your own creating and see your work comes into a success. Joy is not all about shopping and gaming and lingering.

Therefore, the path is laid. You are at a cross road now.

Have you chosen your path?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

First Step in the Workshop

by K.H. Ng

The first time I heard about ROBOCON is from my friend explaining the 2009 game. He mentioned about an autonomous robot with another manual controlled robot carrying another robot through coursing through some "maze" and lastly to hit some drum.

I was thinking, "Oh, can it actually been done?" Of course I do not know a thing about ROBOCON and building robots. When the competition time came, our campus organized a trip to the venue of the competition in Shah Alam. I am actually from UTM International Campus, in Kuala Lumpur.

Being the first experience in watching a ROBOCON match, I was thrilled to see the robots actually moved like what my friend explained to me. Of course being a UTM member sawing another UTM member, I was proud to see our university scored.

The best thing about the competition being other university used some sensors to detect the line on the floor and navigate their robot but UTM is one of a few university with robot that do not follow line. I was surprised seeing this kind of method. This is when the excitation came to me. ROBOCON is one of the priority during degree program.

After ending my diploma in Kuala Lumpur, I was eager to enter UTM Skudai to pursue my program. If you ask me why UTM, I would probably answered, "Because the ROBOCON there is strong". There was news about the ROBOCON workshop and I quickly signed up.

Of course the first step is not easy. The workshop was boring like hell. Being a diploma student, what they taught is piece of cake to me. Probably the STPM students might think otherwise, but not me. Nevertheless, I got to know few other friends and colleagues.

It was then the Autocar assignment came up. I was blurred. What I learned in diploma cannot even help me create an Autocar. It was then this fact struck me. The knowledge that we learn in class is totally different when we apply it.

But through senior guidance, self learning, sharing from friends and some hardwork, my Autocar came to life. I can never put the feeling in words. The feeling of seeing your hard made product actually came to life. It is like having a child of my own.

Of course being a child, sometimes it just disobeys orders. Some of the time, the Autocar just cannot follow the line and sometimes it goes crazy. But in the end of the day, it was the experience that counts because it is a precious elements that no one can obtain easily.

After a year in ROBOCON team, much have been learned. And of course there is much more to explore. The possibility is endless. Up till now, I have never regretted I have submitted the form to join the workshop.
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