It's been a while since we published one of our 'Robot Builder Profiles', so we thought it's about time that we made up for our shortcoming by posting a series of interviews with one of the best - Jin Sato.
"Jin-san", as he is often referred to by friends here in Japan, is a world class humanoid robot designer and a top ROBO-ONE competitor. Over the past five years he built ten completely new humanoids, an average of two per year, from the ground up. In many cases, he did all the design and hardware fabrication as well as developing the controller electronics and supporting software.
We'll delve into some of his educational, humanoid, and other robotic, projects in upcoming posts, but we thought the most appropriate place to start would be with his earlier LEGO Mindstorms creations, especially his 'MIBO' dog robot clone of Sony's popular AIBO. In the video interview below, Jin demonstrates the original MIBO robot while explaining some of the the robots design features, and why he took on such a daunting challenge.
’Robot Builder Profile: Jin Sato – Part 1 (Video)’ continues
Without a doubt, the most eye-catching and entertaining aspect of the RoboCup competitions so far as been the sight of a whole field of AIBO robot dogs playing soccer for all they are worth. Unfortunately for AIBO fans, robot fans in general, and the RoboCup organization specifically, Sony canceled AIBO production which means that sooner or later a comparable robot replacement will have to take the field.
Of course, no robot could ever completely replace the cute AIBO design in our hearts. Nevertheless, the RoboCup Federation has taken the initiative to issue a 'Call for Tenders: A Standard Robot Platform for Robot Soccer' to all robot manufacturers worldwide, actively looking for a way to continue and extend the standardized robotic platform aspects of the RoboCup competitions.
’Searching For The Next Robot Soccer AIBO’ continues
The MacPatrice blog in France has created an online petition for AIBO fans worldwide to voice their displeasure and frustration to Sony over the AIBO product cancellation. The petition, in both French and English, as of this morning had already gathered 6 pages of signatures.
Will it help? Will it cause Sony to reverse their decision and revive AIBO? Perhaps not, but it certainly won't hurt to try. Keep in mind that it was only through the action of devoted fans that Star Trek managed to survive similar cancellations and become legend. Add your name to the petition, and let your friends know about it too!
It goes without saying, but we're going to say it anyway - "Sony, How could you kill Aibo?"
Bad Sony, Bad. Right now we feel like tossing our Vaio laptops (we have 3), Cybershot cameras (we have 2), and our Sony televisions (we have 2) in the dumpster to protest.
The announcement last week that a robot had been created that demonstrated self-awareness created a flurry of news articles and press coverage. But what about a robot that's so intelligent that it keeps its own blog complete with very creative photos of its travels?
’Intelligent Enough To Blog?’ continues
We’ve always been a little skeptical about the possibility of robots playing sports like soccer. It’s not that we don’t think it would be interesting, but rather that we have always thought that the technology just wasn’t in place yet to make it happen. Maybe, just maybe, we’ve been wrong. . .
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