These attack robots and their UW creators will take on the world at RoboMaster competition in China [Video]

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One day last month, a black drone lifted off the grass and flew around the University of Washington’s bucolic outdoor Sylvan Grove Theater, the small craft’s six propellers buzzing like a swarm of especially angry bees. UW student Jeonghyun Kress used a handheld controller to make...

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One day last month, a black drone lifted off the grass and flew around the University of Washington’s bucolic outdoor Sylvan Grove Theater, the small craft’s six propellers buzzing like a swarm of especially angry bees.

UW student Jeonghyun Kress used a handheld controller to make the drone swoop, lift, drop and soar in front of …

Members of the UW Advanced Robotics team watch as their “engineer” robot — which has an innovative eight-wheel design — gets ready to demonstrate its climbing skills. From left are UW students Jeremy Moon, Khoi Le, Neil Perrin, Christina “JoJo” Durr, Sig Johnson, Frank Liu and Eric de Winter. The team works in a basement lab at UW’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)Members of the UW Advanced Robotics team watch as their “engineer” robot — which has an innovative eight-wheel design — gets ready to demonstrate its climbing skills. From left are UW students Jeremy Moon, Khoi Le, Neil Perrin, Christina “JoJo” Durr, Sig Johnson, Frank Liu and Eric de Winter. The team works in a basement lab at UW’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

A sign on the door to the robotics lab warns that projectiles are being tested.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Ryan Chin, left, and Shunsuke Winston, rising seniors in mechanical engineering, work in their lab with the rest of the University of Washington<br/>‘s Advanced Robotics team, which is preparing for the RoboMaster competition in Shenzhen, China.  (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

A white streak appears from the barrel of the “hero” robot as it fires golf balls while overseen by Sig Johnson. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Jeonghyun Kress shows the team’s six-propeller drone. It will be flown by a pilot while a gunner operates the turret, which shoots marble-sized pellets at the opposing team’s robots.  (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)