The Nagoya Tokyu Hands store, next to the JR Nagoya station, is hosting an extended robot exhibition from April 4th through April 17th. The exhibition will include robot dance performances, robot soccer, humanoid battles, and flying robot drones.
The event is open to the general public and admission is free. There will be a small charge if you want to join in any of the competitions and experience what it's like to pilot some of the robots.
I'm not sure exactly why, but Dr. GIY's humanoid cat robot, based on the Kyosho MANOI AT-01 robot design, always makes me chuckle and gets my spirits up, especially when we are facing major challenges like the past week.
Ever wonder what the fastest robot might be? Can an i-SOBOT outrun a Robonova? Does a MANOI have the heels of Mercury? Can a Robo-Reptile out-sprint a Bioloid? What's your best guess? Who would you put your money on?
We won't spoil all the fun by revealing the robots name, or the competition here. You're going to have to watch the race in its hilarious entirety, including all the grins, giggles, energy and totally robotic chaos to enjoy it for yourself:
Without disclosing any spoilers, the episode looks like it will be a tremendous amount of fun including a robot race featuring about 40 different robots as well as a Robotis Bioloid GP getting up close and personal with Suzi the most attractive and sexy host on the program.
No word on when the episode will hit the airwaves, though it will probably be broadcast fairly soon. The program isn't carried by any of the networks or cable channels over here, so we'll have to depend on the kindness of readers in the UK to share their observations and reports.
When times are good, and the economy is strong, then every company believes that they can operate by themselves that they have the ultimate answer for the markets requirements. There's little motivation or need to collaborate. And often we see quite a bit of duplication between companies and product lines.
But, when times get tough, when the economy tanks, when customers aren't eager to open their wallets and pull out their credit cards, then companies are forced to rethink their core capabilities and strengths, become much more realistic about their ability to invest, and often start looking for partners to band together with.
That's exactly what's happening now in the area of Japanese hobby robotics, specifically the humanoid robotics that we've all come to know and love. A new organization has just been established, Robot Yuenchi. Well known humanoid robot organizations, including Kyosho, Kondo, Himeji Software Works, Robo Garage, and the ROBO-ONE organization have united together, pooling their resources, to promote interest, activity, training, and education in humanoid robotics in Japan.
It's great that they are going to the extra effort to do this, and the professionalism of the editing is great. This will help a lot in promoting the sport, and interest in hobby humanoid robotics, a lot. Good work!