Robots Battle on Prime Time TV

In a previous post “Robot Battle Makes Primetime” I mentioned the weekly NTV “World Records” program featuring a battle between two bipedal robots. This past Sunday I was able to catch the broadcast. The robot segment was about 14 minutes long – quite long considering the whole program is less than one hour. 

The competition was between Dynamizer (Sugiura family) and Marin (Nakamura family). Both robots were definitely full family projects.

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The Sugiura’s machine even their own robot parts at home.

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Sugiura’s 13 year old son programming Dynamizer. I was impressed by the fact that he uses his left hand to hold the robot while he’s programming the movements – direct physical feedback. It must work, because the robot’s moves are really life like – for it’s size and technology.

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The Nakamura’s working on Marin at home – “ROBO-ONE Jr. with Family.”

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The Nakamura’s 9 year old daughter is Marin’s operator and uses a custom controller they designed incorporating a game joystick.

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Some of Marin’s electronics.

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The robots really go at it – hot and heavy. Dynamizer was more acrobatic and fast on his feet, while Marin was a real boxer – always trying to land a punch.

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The techniques they executed included kicks, head butting, and even a back flip kick.

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I’m not going to post who the winner was. The program has a weekly prize drawing that viewers enter by sending in a postcard with the winning robot’s name, so I don’t want to spill the beans.

Here are a few short video clips showing the robots in action-

Download 050124Robotbattle01.wmv (367.9K)

Download 050124robotbattle02.wmv (699.4K)

Download 050124robotbattle3.wmv (1078.9K)

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