Are We Seeing Double?

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It's not often we get the opportunity to see multiple generations of the same ROBO-ONE robot, but today at the ROBO-ONE Gran Prix competition in Tokyo for a minute we thought we were seeing double.

The ROBO-ONE Gran Prix series events are staged every Fall in order to generate interest and awareness for the sport. In many ways they are like mini-ROBO-ONE competitions. The schedule starts off with a series of demonstrations by the competitors, followed by battles in the ring.

For today's event, the last in the series, Sugiura-san brought two generations of Dynamizer, and as a part of his demonstration had children from the audience come up and operate the remote controls. In the photos below you can see a lot of Dynamizer's evolution as a robot. At the very end of this post you'll find another image, taken this summer when we visited Sugiura's home and laboratory, that shows the very first Dynamizer and a friend.



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  The current Dynamizer is on the left and the previous generation is to the right in this image.

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  Dynamizer always likes to make dramatic gestures like shaking his arms in the air.

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Although there is a lot of similarity between the two most recent generations, the earlier version above appears to have considerably less frame structure.

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  Where it all began for Sugiura and his family.

Related links:

Official Dynamizer Website (Japanese)

You might also enjoy:

  1. ROBO-ONE Robots: The First Dynamizer
  2. Project M: Dynamizer Jr. "Kappa" Robot (Video)
  3. The Robot Road To Torino (Video)
  4. ROBO-ONE 10: King Kizer Demonstration (Video)
  5. ROBO-ONE Gran Prix: Tokyo Dome City – Photo Album
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One comment

  1. This is a neat post — it’s great to see not only the current champions, but also a bit of their evolution.

    Those brackets look like they’re plastic. Can you tell us anything about how they’re made, and what specifically they’re made of?

    Thanks,
    — Joe

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