Shibata-san, a ROBO-ONE Champion level competitor and the designer of the Kondo KHR-3HV humanoid robot joined RoboGames 2011 as a key member of the Robot Japan team.
We caught up with Shibata after all the events finished and asked him about his impressions. He was so pleased with RoboGames that without any prompting on our part, he committed to coming back for RoboGames 2012 with a brand new biped robot specifically designed to win at Mech Warfare.
Shibata's friends back home might be a little surprised at how well he can speak English. Just three short days ago he was really hesitant to speak any English. But the three extremely intense days at RoboGames brought out the best in him. Perhaps we should remarket RoboGames as the Ultimate English Language Learning Immersion Course for robot fans world-wide.