We mentioned in our previous post from the ROBO-ONE 12 competition in Takamatsu that OmniZero has changed quite a bit. Actually that's an understatement. The new OmniZero is dramatically different, and dramatically larger, than his predecessors:
More photos and background information below.
Maeda-san, the creative genius behind the OmniZero, and OmniHead, series of robots, has mentioned that he designed a new robot for each ROBO-ONE competition since he first became involved in the sport. That's a new humanoid robot design every six months! And, what's more amazing it that Maeda's robots consistently place very high in the technical demonstration phase of the competition - often nailing first place.
Although he seldom takes the limelight, Maeda is also a key member of Team Osaka, one of the top RoboCup teams in the world, and his work is very apparent in the overall design and styling of the Team Osaka robot soccer players.
Taking a cue from flying anime and manga robots, OmniZero has two 'wings' that he puts to very effective use. One of the theme challenges for ROBO-ONE 12 was to play catch with a ball. So OmniZero used his arms and wings to catch the ball. During Sunday's 1:1 matches in the ring, OmniZero also used his wings for balance to avoid being pushed off balance by his opponent.
One aspect we really appreciate about the ROBO-ONE builders is their openness and willingness to share information and help each other out. Dr. GIY and Maeda had a great time comparing design notes, even to the point that Dr. GIY got deeply into OmniZero's leg design.