Vietnam win Asia-Pacific robot contest 2017

Monday, 2017-08-28 10:59:48
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NDO - A team from Vietnam’s Lac Hong University (LHU) have won the 2017 Asia-Pacific robot contest (Robocon) after defeating their Malaysian rivals in the final match on August 27.

The LHU team were crowned champions with an absolute victory, known as APPARE, meaning splendid in Japanese, while Japan and Thailand shared third place.

This is the second time that a team from Lac Hong University has won the Asia-Pacific robot contests for college students, following their previous victory in 2014.

Under this year’s game rules, a robot is required to throw discs at balls which are on seven spots consisting of circular tables attached to columns of varying heights.

Scores will be counted when a team’s discs land on a spot where its ball has been knocked off, hence the theme “The Landing Disc”.

If a team successfully knocks off all the balls and lands its discs on all spots, they win the game with an APPARE victory.

Robocon 2017 attracted the participation of 19 teams from 18 countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region and was hosted by the Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Vietnam’s national TV broadcaster VTV will host the contest in 2018.

Robocon has been held annually since 2002 and Vietnam has won it six times.