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Sumobot Competition Site

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

The sumobot site for the April 16th competition is now up and running.  This is still considered alpha but it stable enough (hopefully) to have contenders start logging in and creating accounts for their hackerspace and sumobots.  Suggestions are welcome and the full source code to the website is available via github.

Please keep in mind there are still lots more features planned for the site and a lot of the style-sheet stuff is not done yet.  There is a flickr feed on the main page.  If you are working on anything sumobot releated for this competition please upload your pictures to a flickr account and tag it with “sumo13″.  They will then automatically appear on the home screen of the site.

Site: http://sumobots.hive13.org/

Issue tracker: https://github.com/Hive13/SumoTourney/issues

Sumobot Prizes

March 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Our sumobot competition is scheduled for April 16th and the time is getting closer.  If you haven’t bought parts for your bot yet you should definitely stop slacking and get to it!  I would like to announce two prizes for the competition.  One is from parallax and is a complete sumobot kit.  It comes with two sumobots, a ring and a bunch of other great stuff!  Next we have a VIP ticket for Daycon Security Summit on Oct 7th & 8th.

Stay tuned for more updates.  We have a custom website where you will be able to register as a contender, submit your bot and also check the scores of the competition :D

For now, check the wiki for more information: http://wiki.hive13.org/Sumo_Competition

Another Great Lock Workshop!

February 13th, 2011 Comments off

Schuyler Towne is coming back to Hive13!!  Last time when Schuyler came we had a fantastic class on lockpicking.  Schyler showed some great cut-aways on some very fancy locks and then gave the whole class locks to take apart and pick.  This time we are going to change it up a bit.  We are doing TWO topics!

Lock Forensics & The Great Lock Controversy of 1851

The Hive has been planning on kicking off a forensic workshop on lockpicking and what better way to do that than when Schuyler is in town :D  Lock forensics is dedicated to the science and study of forensic locksmithing:

  • Determine method of entry
  • Identify tool marks and techniques
  • Determine skill level of attacker(s)
  • Preserve, collect, and protect evidence
  • Maintain a clean forensic workspace
  • Organize and write investigative reports

We have all this AND the story of 1851.  You don’t want to miss this!

Date: Feb. 21st

Time: 6pm-10pm

Cost: Free and open to the public!

The schedule will probably be fairly relaxed.  At 6-ish we will start organizing for the forensic workshop and between 7-7:30 Schuyler will present The Great Lock Controversy of 1851.  Then we will hang out and geek out to locks.

UPDATE: Schuyler will also be stopping by Dayton Diode on Tuesday.  So if you live in Dayton or can’t make Mondays meeting at the Hive then head to the Dayton Diode space: http://www.daytondiode.org/2011/02/lock-picking-101-workshop.html

Open Workshop – Sumobots

February 8th, 2011 Comments off

Hi Everybody!

We are having an open workshop on February 16th from 7-9 (or later).  Open workshops are just times where somebody has decided to open the hive for open projects to be worked on.  Whoever hosts an open workshop gets to also set a theme.  You don’t have to work on a project with the theme but if you are interested in said theme, then feel free to come on down and participate!

This workshop is hosted by Craig Smith and the theme is the upcoming sumobot competition.  We will be working on all the agenda items for the event.  Things like: logistics, party planning, poster artwork, building sumo rings, building sumobots, kinect sumobot hacking, whatever you can think of.

There will be many other sumobot meetings.  This is just the kick off meeting for the event.

Mark you calendars: Feb 16th, 7-9pm

No sign-up or fee, just show up.

Prepare your Warmachine!

January 24th, 2011 Comments off

Hive13 is having a Sumobot Competition on April 16th from 6pm-9pm!  Everyone is welcome to either compete or just show up to watch.  We will be teaming up with our friends at Cincinnati Fitness Boxing so we can bring you the sumobot tournament from inside a real boxing ring!!  (Cincy was out of spare sumo rings, sue me)

Hive13 Sumobot WarmachinesFor more information visit the wiki page.  We want to give all the competitors plenty of notice so they can have plenty of time to test out their crazy ideas.  If you want to compete use the signup form at http://s.hive13.org/sumobot

We are still looking for donations that we can use for prizes for this competition.  Email craig@hive13.org if you or your company has something they can contribute.

More info will be posted later.