I was just wondering, on reading an article about a sumo robot this morning about a robot that detected the line around the edge of the sumo (which is white) and then backed off when it did this. In one of the finals it came against a white robot and couln't go anywhere near the other robot!
Surely a good way of winning sumo therefore is to have some foam to absorb ultrasonic signals (although i'm not quite sure how well this would work), Infra red signals shooting absolutley everywhere, and painting your robot white....maybe even trying to scoop up under the other robot to forcibly make it read your whiteness! What about pointy objects that come out of the robot? I remember seeing a sumo robot that used feelers to detect the other robot and maybe even helped to 'channel' the other robot in to that it couldn't move anywhere but forwards or backwards.
What you you all think ? (Especially those who have competed. Admin?)#
I'm guessing the competition has become quite advanced!