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08/28/13 — Wanted: robot wranglers

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Wanted: robot wranglers

By Josh Ellerbrock
Published in News on August 28, 2013 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/BOBBY WILLIAMS

The Velociraptor chucks a Frisbee in the parking lot of Herman Park Center. The 110-pound robot was designed and built in six weeks by 18 teenagers in the 4-H Robotics Club.

News-Argus/BOBBY WILLIAMS

The two Finch brothers, Stephen, left, and Christopher, stand by the 4-H Robotics Club's creation, the Velociraptor. Christopher is holding the device used to steer the robot. The portable laptop and joystick control the robot through an onboard WiFi network.

Electric motors hum, and spinning wheels rev to speed. "All clear" The "bat" rears back and snaps. SCHWUuck. The Frisbee shoots forward spinning rapidly and floating on a column of air. As the plastic disc comes to rest 30...

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