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Chinngis Khan’s messenger system inspires ABU Robocon 2019

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Chinngis Khan’s messenger system inspires ABU Robocon 2019

Mongolia will host ABU Robocon 2019 in Ulaanbaatar on 25 August.

The task is to make two robots – one could be based on wheel movements and the other one with a 4 – leg walking movement within specified dimensions and weight limits given the time duration to complete the task to be 3 minutes (UUKHAI).

The concept behind ROBOCON 2019 is to retrace the routes of ‘The Urtuu’- an ancient messenger system innovated by Nomadic Mongols as the theme this year is designed by MONGOLIA. This system was one of the most fundamental tools of managing the Mongolian Empire, relaying information, military intelligence, trade and tribute up to 400 km in a single day across the Mongolian Steppe (Eurasian Plainlands).

The manual robot carries the Gerege as a testimony from the starting point (Khangai urtuu). It then traverses a forest, a bridge and crosses  Line 1 next to the starting point of the automatic robot (Gobi Urtuu). After Messenger-Robot 1 reaches Gobi Urtuu, Messenger-Robot 1 passes Gerege to Messenger Robot 2 at Gobi Urtuu. Once Messenger Robot 2 successfully receives Gerege, it can go along the automatic robot area (Gobi area). Messenger Robot 2 must go by four legs, like a horse, and cannot use wheels to move. Messenger-Robot 2 passes through a sand dunes and tussocks, and directs to Mountain Urtuu. After Messenger Robot 2 reaches Mountain Urtuu, Messenger Robot 1 can enter the ‘Throwing Zone’ to throw Shagai (type of a traditional signal; usually Shagai is the ankle bone of a sheep or goat), and must earn 50 or more points. In case that Messenger Robot 1 earns 50 or more points, Messenger-Robot 2 is allowed to climb the Mountain. Afterwards, if it reaches the mountain’s top (Uukhai zone) and raises the Gerege first, the team is the winner, which is called UUKHAI”.

The ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest” (ABU Robocon) is an annual robot competition organized by Asia- Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) since 2002.

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