It’s been a couple years, way too long actually, since we visited with Yamaguchi-san in Kochi and had the opportunity to play with his ROBO-ONE humanoid, Onimaru, and enjoy his unique robot noodles.
Thankfully, he hasn’t been resting on his laurels. Although his trips up to the Tokyo have been infrequent, especially since the ROBO-ONE competition format changed, he has continued to be a dynamic supporter of the regional RoboCountry IV competition in Shikoku, and is actively engaged in introducing young students to the joys of robot development.
At the same time, Yamaguchi-san has evolved the Onimaru robot design through three generations and is hard at work on Onimaru IV. Hopefully we’ll be able to spend some together in March during ROBO-ONE 17. If not, then we’ll just have to hop a plane down in his direction.
Here’s a brief introduction to Onimaru 3’s capabilities including a really slick handstand:
The only question in our minds is, “How can Yamaguchi-san improve on that?” It’s hard to imagine, and will be wonderful to see. We can hardly wait!