Nihon TV, one of the major Japanese networks, ran a segment on their popular weekly "Burari" program that airs on Saturday mornings. The program, hosted by Ryouichi Yamaguchi, visited the Kondo Robo Spot facility in Akihabara to feature robot soccer. Mondai-noid, our MANOI AT01 robot, was lucky enough to play on one of the soccer teams during the program taping, which took place just before Christmas.
Morinaga-san preparing Metallic Fighter for the soccer matches.
Azusa-san, a member of the current KondoCup robot soccer championship team, believes in a very aggressive, play-to-win, game strategy.
Manabu Sugiura getting Dynamizer setup to play. He's usually very quiet and serious, but with a good sense of humor, and is always aware of the camera, as you can tell from the photo.
The Sugiura Family explains their four ROBO-ONE champion robots - Dynamizer (2 generations), RETRO, and Kappa.
Yamaguchi-san and the television crew spent over two hours taping and really getting to know the sport, the robots, and the participants. We really felt they had a sincere interest and would represent this type of robot activity accurately in the program.
Of course Yamaguchi-san had to try his hand at controlling one of the KHR-2HV robots, and played in one of the matches. For someone that had never seen this type of robot before, he did surprisingly well.
The Robo Spot facility is relatively large compared to other shops in the Akihabara district. Still, to get a good angle on the action, sometimes the camera person had to go outside and shoot through the window.
The Kondo RoboCup competitions have two classifications - one for teams with robots built from Kondo kits like the KHR-1 and KHR-2HV and another Open class for other robots using Kondo servos and components which includes full custom designs and kits like the MANOI AT01.
NTV Burari Television Program Webpage (Japanese)
NTV Video Shoot Photo Set (English)
Kondo Robo Spot Official Website (Japanese)