Easy as Pi! Hitchin Hackspace wins sprint and skittles events at Pi Wars 2015

Members of the Hitchin Hackspace team at Pi Wars 2015.

Members of the Hitchin Hackspace team at Pi Wars 2015. - Credit: Archant

Hitchin’s roboteers were among the most successful of 30 teams in a national robotics competition.

Members of the Hitchin Hackspace team at Pi Wars 2015.

Members of the Hitchin Hackspace team at Pi Wars 2015. - Credit: Archant

More than 400 spectators saw Hitchin Hackspace’s creation win the skittles competition and the speed test at Pi Wars 2015 in Cambridge on Saturday last week.

The Hitchin robot, variously known as Twenty-Two Over Seven, TTOS or ‘Tito’, scored the only strike of the day in the skittles, and was also saluted as the robot with the most features packed in.

“Hitchin’s performance at the event was terrific,” said Michael Horne, one of the competition’s co-organisers.

“They won the straight-line speed test with 1.53 seconds over seven metres.


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“In the skittles, they won overwhelmingly with a 90mph pair of fly-wheels projecting the ball at some speed.”

Pi Wars is for robots operating on Raspberry Pi, a simple, low-cost computer designed to make it easy to get into programming.

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