The best in bots at RoboGames (photos)

Engineers from around the globe bring their best robots to Northern California this weekend to compete at RoboGames 2011.

Arriving from across the United States and around the world for a robotics competition that's becoming well known as the place for bot builders to compete, hundreds of engineers and their mechanized counterparts are in San Mateo, Calif., this weekend for RoboGames 2011.

The doors opened at noon Friday and already in the pits sparks were flying and the smell of solder was in the air. Teammates shouted urgently for wire and batteries, and final preparations were being made for the first competitions.

The passionate community, which will send its various creations into competitions ranging from kung-fu android battles to urban Mech Wars to soccer and hockey, is proving that builders in basements and backrooms can engineer some of the best bots in the world.

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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