Compelling Wood Humanoid Robot (Video)

Yuta Sugiura, a graduate student at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media and Design, wanted to create a robot that would engage people, draw them in, and give them a compelling urge to interact. And, he wanted to design the robot to be as ecologically friendly as possible.

However, unlike other graduate students his age, Sugiura has a secret weapon. He’s been desiging humanoid robots, and competiting at the championship level in ROBO-ONE events for over five years.

You might say that he learned at the feet of the master, his father is Tomio Sugiura the creator of Dynamizer. It’s true that he did gain a lot of knowledge and experience from his father, but Yuta brings his own ideas and fresh, exciting perspectives to the robot design game. He often breaks from the established mold, and suprises everyone with his new, innovative approach.

We interviewed Yuta at length for a detailed article that will appear in an upcoming issue of Robot Magazine. Of course we have to save the details for the article, but in the meantime, here are the basic specs and a video of KITRO in action.

First the video:

  • Name: Yuta’s new robot was initially called “RETRO” since it’s overall design is similar to his ROBO-ONE champion robot with the same name. Since the new robot is over 90% wood and the Japanese word for wood is “ki”, his father suggested mashing up the two words to call the robot “KITRO”, and it seems to have stuck.
  • Height: 200 mm
  • Weight: 450 g (including batteries)
  • Frame: Wood
  • Battery: 700 mA 7.4 V
  • Screws: 40 in total
  • Fabrication method: Laser cut, glue
  • Total design, fabrication, programming & testing elapsed time: You really don’t want to know… Let’s just say it was about three transits of the Terrian sky by old Sol.


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