Really good session yesterday at RT Corp in Akihabara introducing Japanese robot builders to RoboGames. Originally planned for roughly an hour, we ended up running from about 1:45 pm until 5:00 pm with lots of excitement, interest, and detailed Q&A.
Although they were fascinated, and amazed by the Combat Robots (who wouldn't be?), the most interest was in the humanoid events including Mech Warfare (more on that in a later post).
Without counting ourselves and the RT staff, 15 active Japanese robot builders participated in the afternoon session. There were also a couple robot hobbyists from Spain that joined the group in progress.
We planted the RoboGames seeds, watered them well, and came away with a few homework assignments. With a little luck and encouragement we'll see some strong Japanese competitors at RoboGames 2011 next Spring.