Photos and information about the robots that competed in the three seasons of the 'Robotica' competition on The Learning Channel (TLC).

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Photos and descriptions of the robotic competitors from all three seasons of the TLC / Discovery Channel program Robotica. Click on the navigation buttons above to view each season.

Season Two
24 horsepower? Whyatica

Team Whyachi seem to believe that there is no problem that cannot be solved by power. If the problem is Robotica, the solution must be a whole lot of power! Twenty-four horsepower in a titanium chassis with a electric actuator plow-lift all combine in a compact package. Can it be controlled?

Team Whyachi

Deb Bot - too light or too fast? Deb Bot

Jeff Vasquez has reflexes like a cat and he uses them to keep up with Deb Bot. Lightning fast, nimble, and presenting a small frontal area -- Deb Bot shows what speed and compact design can accomplish. Unusual Astroflight 90 model aircraft motors provided plenty of power for the bite-sized 'bot.

Fast Electric Robots (archived)

Zero - a pyramid on wheels. Zero

A camoflaged truncated pyramid on wheels? OK, it's different. Douan Bingham's high-mounted milling cutter isn't much of a weapon, but you don't need much of a weapon to win Robotica.

Killa Gorilla - got banana? The Killa Gorilla

Four wheels, four motors, an electric lifting arm, big tires, and a scary gorilla mask designed to "induce nightmares and paralysis in opposing drivers." It bounces. It hops. It tips over and tips back upright. Can anything stop it?

Fintastic - Shark! Fintastic

Edward Robinson of Tean Tsunami is an interesting fella. He swollows swords, eats fire, and he built this 'bot that for all the world looks and moves like a shark. Weighing in at 218 lbs., the shovel-head is a pneumatic flipper. It thrashed and bashed its way into the hearts of many fans.

Scarab - not a beetle. Scarab

It looks like a minivan with a Scuba tank inside. Martin Calsyn has his job cut out to get the tall Scarab thru the Gauntlet in one piece. The big tires will help.

Takatakatak - six wheels, two steer... TakaTakaTak

Hinged floating drive units in the rear with automotive steering in the nose should be a good combination. Low clearance may cause trouble...

Flexible! Flexy Flier

Mike Konshak paid careful attention to the demands put on a 'bot by the Robotica challenges and built a laterally articulated invertable robot with a lot of ground clearance. All-wheel drive, six horsepower, and a lifting arm added to its versatility. For the 'Fight to the Finish", Mike locked the two halves together, mounted low-profile tires, and afixed a very effective front wedge. How could he lose?

Robot Dojo (archived).

Tracks and more. Botzilla

Fully suspended tracks like a militaty tank give Botzilla a smooth ride and great traction. The electric actuated arm adds veratility. Tank treads are complex and tend to create problems, but maybe...

Thrifty construction Northern Fury

Northern Fury is a good example of thrifty robot construction. Motors and electronics couldn't be skimped on, but nearly everything else was either very cheap, borrowed, or recycled. The frame was created from garage door opener support brackets, the armor is scrap 1/4" aluminum, and the batteries are from surplus uninterruptable power supplies.

Team Fury Website

Thor - the youngest competitor. Thor

David Roy is the youngest competitor at Robotica. He had an unpleasant surprise at weigh-in: Thor was 50 pounds overweight! David worked thru the night to shave off the excess pounds. The robust, 4-wheel drive 'bot should do very well in The Labyrinth.

Metalmorphis - two in one. Metalmorphis

A low combat 'bot sitting on top of a special high-rise dolly unit to give it clearance for the obstacles. Clever!

Skewer Rat - pointy! Skewer Rat

A wicked low wedge with a sharp lance weapon. How is it gonna get thru the Labyrinth?

Ill Tempered Mutt Ill Tempered Mutt

It looks like Ken Benner built the Ill Tempered Mutt to slip thru the rubble in The Gauntlet fast and smooth. If the Mutt can handle The Labyrinth, it could work out very well!

Wizard of Saws - if one saw is good... Wizard of Sawz

Dave Northrup made a very photogenic 'bot! It looks like a winner - tracks, a whole mouth full of circular saw blades, fully enveloping armor. Slick!

Only one like it. Mechacidal Maniac

Not simple! Eight motors, wheels that can point independently in any direction, and wireing that looks like an Italian dinner. Brian Nave usually builds spinners...

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