The Robot Japan events get better and better every time. Last weekend the 5th semi-annual competition was staged drawing a large audience, numerous participants, and an impressive contingent of Korean robot builders including Robot Factory. One of the most crowd pleasing demonstrations at Robot Japan was a hexcopter equipped with a fully functional Tiny Wave humanoid robot. Although there are no official plans, it was easy to imagine this evolving into a ROBO-ONE in the Clouds battle sometime in the near future.
Tomio Sugiura, creator of Dynamizer, Tiny Wave, and many other leading edge robots, has branched out into a more commercial enterprise by putting his robot design talents to work creating an animated female fashion mannequin named "Hina" that moves it's arms quite realistically.
We mentioned in our previous post about the Tiny Wave robot that it captured many of the top slots during the 1st ROBO-ONE Light competition, so we thought we better put our money where our mouth is.
In addition to "Fruit", a Tiny Wave robot, winning the ROBO-ONE Light championship (video above) there were 8 Tiny Wave team entries with a total of 11 of the robots competing. Overall there were 60 official entries, so the Tiny Wave contingent represented a significant showing, especially for a new humanoid design that hasn't been on the market a full year yet.
The action at ROBO-ONE is really heating up.
You would expect that if a top ROBO-ONE builder decided to design a commercial robot kit it would turn out to be awesome. That's exactly what we're seeing with Tomio Sugiura's Tiny Wave humanoid. Drawing on years of experience as one of the ROBO-ONE and ROBO-ONE Gran Prix Champion, Sugiura has definitely come out with a winner.
Tiny Wave, which embodies many of the features and design concepts proven in competition by Sugiura's well known, and loved, Dynamizer robot, captured many of the top slots at the ROBO-ONE Light competition held last month here in Kawasaki, outperforming many designs from established humanoid kit makers that have been on the market for years.
Watching the ROBO-ONE Soccer video above, featuring the Tiny Wave powered "Espresso Pacchigi" team, it's easy to see how quick, agile, and responsive the robot design is. Keep in mind, that match took place in July, 2009 when Tiny Wave was still in its prototype/beta phase. The current versions are even better.
By the way, the tall, lanky, British looking gentleman playing on the Expresso Pacchigi team is non-other than Robin Harding with the UK Financial Times newspaper. Robin was researching the ROBO-ONE scene for a major feature that appeared in the Financial Times Weekend magazine and was 'adopted' (at least for a few weeks that summer) by the Sugiura family.
While it wasn't part of the official presentation schedule, Sugiura's Tiny Wave humanoid drew a lot of attention, especially when it donned Gundam headgear.