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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Robotics@Home Winners 2012

The Microsoft Robots@Home competition started in September 2011 with round 1 and in January 2012 10 finalists were selected for round 2. The winners were announced at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. According to Microsoft the event was a huge success with over 100,000 people in attendance.
Arthur Wait, Vice President of Engineering at a Silicon Valley consulting firm, won the Grand Prize and $10.000 for his SmartTripod, a robotic assistant that follows a person around and handle camera duties in a natural manner. SmartTripod runs on a Parallax Eddie robot and Microsoft's Robotics Developer Studio (RDS).
Check out the video below for a great demonstration.

Todd Christell, Manager of Network Architecture and Support for SpringNet, won the First Prize and $5000 for his KEMODA elderly assistance robot.

Dan Sionov and the Plant Sitter team won the Second Prize and $3,000 for their plant- watering robot.

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