A 14-year-old won the RoboCup Junior World Championship 2006 title in the Rescue challenge for his robot design.
The small, life-saving robot is made mostly from Lego bricks, rubber strips and adhesive, and uses igubal® pillow block bearings to fit out its sensor-equipped shield. Advantages include the fact the plastic, self-aligning bearing elements compensate for misalignment and are lightweight.
In the challenge, the robots move around on a surface the size of a ping-pong table, where they negotiate various obstacles, explore unfamiliar terrain and rescue injured persons. They follow a black line which is broken or blocked at times. The robot had to know what to do when a line appeared, when the line ended, or when it had to suddenly go up or downhill.
Despite these difficulties, the 14-year-old creator achieved 478 out of 480 points and became the World Champion.