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'WE NAILED IT'
ECU robot takes second place at national competition
Feb. 12, 2013
By Kathryn Kennedy
ECU News Services
An award-winning robot built by East Carolina University students may not look like R2D2 or WALL-E, but it’s no bucket of bolts.
Direct it to a table filled with colored ping pong balls and it will shovel them into its containing bin, sort them by color and wheel around to deposit them in predetermined locations. The robot does this automatically – without a human at the controls or giving commands.
ECU’s robot was so good at this task, it won second place in the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering’s national competition last November in Nashville, Tenn.
“ECU was the first to go and we nailed it,” said Department of Technology Systems Chair T.J. Mohammed, who attended the competition.