Sumobots Are Back At NI Week

With NI Week 2017 just around the corner, we are excited to announce that the Sumobots are returning! Last year the battle between the BeagleBone Black and the Raspberry PI 2 took center stage at NI week. A lot of hype had been built around a blog post written by Ella called BBB Sumobot: The Superior Being. This post contained some inflammatory remarks claiming that her BeagleBone Sumobot was better than the Raspberry Pi 2 Sumobot that I had made.


When the Keynote ended Tuesday of last NI week, the Expo hall filled with people and within seconds we had a line of people waiting to play their part in our battle. We soon found that the bots were more evenly matched than we had expected, and the human driver seemed to be the most important factor. However in response to Ella’s claim that her SumoBot was the “superior life form” I have put together a video.

As you can see the Raspberry Pi Sumobot was more than a match for its BeagleBone counterpart. Unfortunately, this year the Sumobots will not return to the ring. Instead, they will be set up on stands and people will be able to come grab the controllers and test them out in a more limited capacity. Anyone interested in having their own showdown can find full instructions in my Instructables Sumobot collection. If you want a better explanation for how the Sumobots work you can watch the video below where Ella walks through the code and physical design of the LabVIEW SUMO bots.

Thank you for reading my blog post, I look forward to seeing everyone at NI week. If you are interested in creating your own Sumobots, I would recommend buying the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit for BeagleBone Black or the LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit for Raspberry Pi 2 if Raspberry Pi 2 is more your style. Both come with LabVIEW 2014 Home Bundle, this is currently the only version of LabVIEW that works with LINX.

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