[robotics-worldwide] Winners of the AFRON "$10 Robot" Design Challenge

Ken Goldberg goldberg at berkeley.edu
Fri Oct 5 12:04:46 PDT 2012

The African Robotics Network (AFRON) "$10 Robot" Design Challenge 
attracted 28 highly inventive entries, all under $100, from around the 
world which were judged by six distinguished international jurors. Special 
thanks to IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for prize funding under the
Special Interest Group for Humanitarian Technologies (SIGHT).

Here are details on the winners and honorable mentions:


"10 Dollar Robot" Design Challenge Winners
Tethered Category: 

1. Suckerbot: Thailand  (with a brilliant new use for lollipops!) 
2. Baobot:    USA
3. Afrobot:   USA
4. RoboArm:  Nigeria

Traditional (Roaming) Category

1. Kilobot:  Harvard, USA
2. SwarmRobot: China
3. SEG:    MIT, USA
4. DiscBot:  USA

All-in-One Category (Self-Contained)

1. MITBOTS:  India
2. N-Bot:  Brazil



The African Robotics Network (AFRON)

The African Robotics Network (AFRON) is a community of institutions,
organizations and individuals engaged in robotics in Africa.  AFRON
seeks to promote communication and collaborations that will enhance
robotics-related education, research, and industry on the
continent. To achieve this, AFRON organizes projects, meetings and
events in Africa and at Robotics and Automation conferences abroad.
Established in April 2012, AFRON hosts a website, Facebook page, and
moderated email list.

There are no subscription fees or dues.  To join, please visit the
website above and click "Membership".

For the purposes of AFRON, “Robotics” is broadly defined to include 
related areas such as automation, computer vision, signal processing, 
machine learning, and other related topics.

Inaugural Project “AFRON USD 10 Robot Design Challenge”:  This is a 
competition to develop an extremely low-cost programmable robot for 


Ayorkor Korsah <akorsah at ashesi.edu.gh>
Asst. Professor, Computer Science, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana

Ken Goldberg <goldberg at berkeley.edu>
Professor, IEOR, EECS, Information, UC Berkeley

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