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Morpheus

Morpheus in the arena at the 2004 NPC Charity Open.

Morpheus was a Featherweight robot built by Team Mad Cow that competed at the 2004 NPC Charity Open. It was a four-wheeled, invertible, box shaped robot with no active weapons. Instead, Morpheus relied on a wedge shaped 1/2 inch thick 6061 plow, and it was armored in 1/2 inch thick 7075 Aluminum alloy on the sides. Its four wheels were driven by 18v DeWalt motors [1], this gave Morpheus a lot of speed, and pushing power.

Owing to this strong pushing power, and sturdy design Morpheus did well in the tournament, becoming the eventual champion, only suffering one loss along the way. Team Mad Cow also entered Lightweight competitor Mad Cow into Seasons 3.0, and 5.0, as well as Middleweight Bovine Intervention into Season 5.0. Both of which were far less successful, and the two were sold off with Mad Cow eventually entering the NPC Charity Open under the name of Amish Rebellion.[2]

Morpheus would continue to compete for one more year until it was retired in 2005, by which point it had been completely redesigned to feature a flamethrower, and a red paint scheme as well as a new name- Flaming Mo, in reference to a The Simpsons episode of the same name.

Robot History

NPC Charity Open

Morpheus sends Totally Offensive flying

A strong hit on Morpheus's wedge sends Totally Offensive flying.

The Featherweight class of the NPC Charity Open was quite strange for a BattleBots event, as it was the only time in history that a BattleBots weight class has been run in a round robin format. This was necessary because despite 11 robots registering, only 6 wound up actually competing, Morpheus's first match in the round robin was against Totally Offensive.

This fight started with Totally Offensive spinning up to full speed before attacking Morpheus. However Morpheus then charged at Totally Offensive, and rammed it into the wall. Totally Offensive got away, and spun back up, Morpheus then slammed into it again, sending it flying.

This bent the frame of Totally Offensive, and stopped the spinner completely for a good while. However the spinner did have some life left in it, and spun up before Morpheus slammed into it again. This bent the frame even more, Morpheus followed this up by taking Totally Offensive to the wall.

Morpheus plows into the side of Doom

Morpheus plows into the side of Doom.

Totally Offensive then spun back up, and Morpheus rammed it again, this resulted in Totally Offensive taking a large chunk out of itself. As a result of this self inflicted damage Totally Offensive could now only drive in circles, and morpheus slammed it again before Totally Offensive got up to speed one more time. Morpheus then delivered one more slam, and shoved Totally Offensive around the arena as time ran out.

Morpheus's next match in the round robin was against Doom. This was a rather dull match with both robots bumping into each other, neither gaining any ground. Eventually after several more near misses, and bumps Doom got under Morpheus, and shoved it under the Pulverizer. Which came down on it, and immobilized it in one shot, Morpheus was then counted out, giving Doom the win by knockout.

Morpheus tries to pin Totally Manipulative

Morpheus attempts to pin Totally Manipulative.

Morpheus was then up against Totally Manipulative. This fight started with Totally Manipulative darting out of its square, and getting under Morpheus several times, however it was unable to use its lifting arm each time. Following this Totally Manipulative, in a display of poor driving, charged lifter first into the wall where it got stuck causing the match to be paused to free it. Once the match resumed, Morpheus attempted to pin Totally Manipulative, but the later got away, and eventually took Morpheus to the Pulverizers.

Morpheus got away, and both bots then charged at one another, before Morpheus got to Totally Manipulative's side, and started pushing it around. Following this Morpheus charged at Totally Manipulative again, however the later had a lower ground clearance, and Morpheus simply rude up on Totally Manipulative's lifter. Now underneath Morpheus, Totally Manipulative lifted it, but was unable to do anything, as Morpheus was so heavy that Totally Manipulative simply tipped forward whenever it lifted Morpheus.

Morpheus shoves Totally Manipulative towards the wall

Morpheus starts shoving Totally Manipulative towards the wall.

Eventually Totally Manipulative had to let Morpheus go, the later drove away, and Totally Manipulative gave chase, getting under Morpheus, and lifting it again. This time however, Morpheus slid off of Totally Manipulative's lifter, exposing its high ground clearance. This allowed Morpheus to get under Totally Manipulative, and slam it into the wall.

Now with one minute left on the clock, both bots jockeyed for position for a bit before Morpheus shoved Totally Manipulative into the wall again. Totally Manipulative got away, and slammed into Morpheus, which returned the favor with an even more powerful slam, a shove, and another slam as the seconds ticked down.

Morpheus plows into Puddle Jumper

Morpheus plows into Puddle Jumper.

Morpheus's next round robin fight was against Puddle Jumper. This fight started with Morpheus rushing out of its square, as Puddle Jumper spun up, once the bots made contact, Puddle Jumper's thwacking wedge was too high to hit Morpheus, and simply bounced over the top of the low wedge. Puddle Jumper then flipped itself, and drove around before flipping itself again.

After this Puddle Jumper got under morpheus, and attempted to shove it into the wall, however it was unable to push Morpheus, which got away as Puddle Jumper bounced off it again, and wedged itself under the wall. Once Puddle Jumper freed itself, it got under Morpheus again, like before it was unable to do anything with this, and bounced around some more before Morpheus took it to the wall.

Morpheus takes Puddle Jumper to the wall

Morpheus takes Puddle Jumper to the wall.

Puddle Jumper got away, and Morpheus delivered another slam to it before both robots locked together, and spun around. Following this Morpheus drove up Puddle Jumper's wedge, and slid off before Puddle Jumper flipped itself again. Morpheus then delivered yet another slam to Puddle Jumper, and repeated this attack several times before Puddle Jumper got under it once more.

However like before it was unable to do anything with Morpheus, which got away again. Morpheus then slammed into Puddle Jumper again, which then got up to speed, and delivered a blow to Morpheus's wedge, however this did not matter as the final 20 seconds of the match ticked down Morpheus won the resulting judges decision, and was now in the finals where it faced Doom again.

Morpheus pops Doom

Morpheus pops Doom.

This fight started with both bots charging at the other, Morpheus however got the upper hand, and got under Doom, nearly slamming it into the arena wall. However Doom got away at the last second, and slammed into the front of Morpheus before getting under it, and attempting to push it.

Unfortunatly for Doom, Morpheus slipped off its wedge, as Doom seemed to be having drive problems again. This allowed Morpheus to slam into Doom several times before taking it to the wall once more. Unfortunatly for Morpheus, Doom once again slipped off of Morpheus's wedge at the last second, causing Morpheus to slam itself into the wall.

Morpheus rams Doom under the wall

Morpheus slams Doom into the wall.

Once both bots got away from the wall, both bots positioned before Morpheus charged at Doom, but rode up its wedge. As Doom was now underneath Morpheus, it attempted to slam it into the arena wall, but it encountered a uneven floor seam halfway across the arena, and the force from the impact caused Morpheus to slip off of its wedge. Morpheus took advantage of this, and rammed Doom's wedge under the arena walls where it got stuck.

Morpheus then freed Doom, which got away, and started moving very slowly for a few seconds, before getting a burst of speed. Doom used this burst to slam into Morpheus, which slammed into Doom once more as the clock ticked down. Morpheus won the resulting judges decision, meaning that Morpheus was declared the Featherweight Champion of the 2004 NPC Charity Open.

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 4
  • Losses: 1
Competition Wins Losses
NPC Charity Open Totally Offensive

Totally Manipulative

Puddle Jumper

Doom

Doom

Trivia

  • The original CAD for Morpheus showing it was first envisioned as a bar spinner similar to Hazard.
  • Morpheus's second design was a Eggbeater type spinner modeled on the teams Fairyweight: Puppy Patter.
  • The second wire-frame of Morpheus. Note that at this point the weapon had been removed from the plans.
  • The first version of Morpheus before the armor was swapped from Carbon Fiber, to Lexan.
  • A redesigned Morpheus, after the NPC Charity Open, as Flaming Mo.
  • Morpheus was originally supposed to be a bar spinner similar in design to Middleweight legend Hazard. However as one of the team members Tyler Forbes a student at WPI, and was therefore on a college budget, the team didn't want to spend too much money on it.[3]
    • This resulted in several design changes, ultimately resulting in the weaponless wedge that competed at the NPC Charity Open.[4]
    • Among the several designs envisioned for Morpheus were: A two-wheeled, eggbeater type drum spinner, and a four-wheeled wedge.[5]
  • Morpheus, along with Team Mad Cow's other robots (Bovine Intervention, and Mad Cow), are the only three BattleBots competitors to come from the US state of Connecticut.

References

  1. Morpheus build report from the Team Mad Cow website (Archived)
  2. Anarchy Robotics archived Amish Rebellion page.
  3. Morpheus build report from the Team Mad Cow website (Archived)
  4. Morpheus build report from the Team Mad Cow website (Archived)
  5. Morpheus build report from the Team Mad Cow website (Archived)

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