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"After seeing the success of other discs e.g. Blendo in the US and Hypno-Disc in the UK, we decided that spinning weapons are the way forward."
— Team Power on Blur's inspiration

Blur was a robot made by Team Power, which attempted to enter Series 4 of Robot Wars. It failed to qualify for the latter series as its design was banned during its construction, due to it being considered too dangerous for the sides of the Plexiglass arena.

Team Power also withdrew from the Series 4 qualifiers with Tecumseh, and had previously entered Series 1 with Barry and Series 3 with Sonic.

DesignEdit

Blur was a circular, three-wheeled, sit-and-spin robot that used LEDs and sensors in order to steer itself around the arena. This drive system would have been potentially unique for a Robot Wars competitor at the time, and served as a precursor to the "Meltybrain" technology later seen in the rebooted series. Blur's internal construction was similar to those of the American robots Y-Pout and Why Not, with three wheels, batteries and motors positioned in a triangular layout and encased in a 3mm thick steel 'hoop'. Both the top and bottom of the wheels protruded from Blur's chassis, potentially allowing it to run inverted.

Blur's 'hoop' also doubled as the robot's weapon, as it was to be lined with cutting blades on the outside after testing; the blades were intended to cause damage to other robots when Blur itself spun. The robot itself also featured an 8mm chequer-plate baseplate, which initially had a single stainless steel 'claw' bolted onto its perimeter. However, the 'claw' was removed and intended to be replaced with the cutters, as Team Power considered that it would affect Blur's balance while spinning.[1]

Before starting work on Blur, Team Power built a miniature prototype to demonstrate the robot's drive system using four wheels and two batteries[2]; indeed, they initially planned to build Blur with four wheels, batteries and motors, before settling on its three-wheeled configuration.

Series RecordEdit

Series Blur Series Record
The First Wars Entered with Barry
The Second Wars Not selected with Gnasher
The Third Wars Entered with Sonic
The Fourth Wars Failed to qualify
Withdrew from qualifiers with Tecumseh
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20010814001734/http://freespace.virgin.net:80/chris.sherwood/blur/log.htm
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20011112233224/http://freespace.virgin.net:80/chris.sherwood/blur/proto.htm

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