?Robot Revolutions? in New Orleans over the July 4th weekend was an awesome competition with over 100 robots in attendance. Some of the nation?s most fearsome competitors, including heavyweight bots Megabite and Warrior, showed up to shake the arena with amazing acrobatics as they fought for dominance. The fact that we were also able to enjoy a muffaletta and some beignets from the French Quarter in New Orleans and some waterfront fireworks contributed to an all-around great event! Our robot, Heavy Metal Noise, put in a good showing in the middleweight bracket with 2 wins and 2 losses, finally being eliminated by ?Red Square?, a low profile flipper-bot that got a couple of good flips on us with his unique spring-steel flipper. We are happy to report that all systems on HMN were working well during this event ? we seem to have finally solved our drive train response gremlin. For us the highlight of the event had to be our fight versus Paper Cut, a pizza-box shaped robot sporting a fearsome tool steel blade spinning on top (think upside-down lawn mower). Paper Cut?s blade had snapped in the previous fight so when they lined up to fight us they had replaced their steel blade with a six-foot long 2x12 ? an incredibly massive piece of lumber reinforced with steel channel. We never anticipated facing a 6-foot long weapon in the middleweight class! There was a lot of anticipation of this fight ? no one knew quite what to make of such an outlandish, yet oddly awesome weapon. Fortunately we were able to show the crowd that steel and titanium are a bit stronger than wood as we quickly chopped their 2x12 into hundreds of small souvenirs. Our opponent did have their revenge though - we are still picking wood splinters out of our robot! The winner in the MW class was ?Falcon?, a robot with a fearsome spinning drum that overcame the full-body spinner ?The Revenant? in the finals. There were a good number of robots with flamethrowers in the 12 and 30-pound weight classes and they put on quite a show. The most awesome robot at the event, Team Whyachi?s ?Warrior?, demonstrated the proper technique for tossing its 240-pound opponent into the arena ceiling ? absolutely amazing technology! In non-robot news, peripheral effects from Hurricane Dennis brushed Tallahassee and left us without power Sunday night. As of lunchtime Monday we are still without power, but anticipate restoration later today. It could be another long hurricane season... Jay and Valerie www.bigbangrobotics.com ******************** THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! It takes more than a great idea to compete in robotic sports and we are fortunate to have the support of a great company: Fenner Drives. They?ve supplied new Trantorque GT units for Heavy Metal Noise and we continue to be impressed with their entire line of power transmission products: www.fennerdrives.com Thanks also to Rapid Response Products, a Fenner Partner. They have sent us a generous shipment of custom pulleys and belts to complete the drive train of our newest robot -- BrainStorm: www.rapidresponseproducts.com ******************** ANTI-SPAM MESSAGE: We hope you enjoy our occasional updates but if you wish to be removed from this mailing list, just send an email to bigbangrobotics-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx and put "unsubscribe" (without the quotes) in the Subject line of the email. Thanks!