Fanastic Robot Coverage in the July ROBOCON Magazine Issue

ROBOCON robot magazine

The July issue of ROBOCON Magazine hit the news stands yesterday and we were very pleased to see that it featured several articles near and dear to our hearts.

In addition to all the great, and always detailed, technical and event content that ROBOCON is known for, this issue included major articles covering RoboGames 2011, the Robot Japan First event, and Taylor Veltrop's master/slave robot control implementation using the Microsoft Kinect device.


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RoboGames 2011: More Mech Warfare Hardcore Action (Video)

Here are a couple of other videos showing the Mech Warfare Hardcore robot action at RoboGames 2011:

By the way, Hikari - the robot on the left wearing the skirt was created by Che Edoga, an avid robot fan and educator who has been competing at RoboGames for the past couple years with humanoids and artbots. This was his first attempt at full-on Mech Warfare. We're sure he'll be back next year with a new, improve version of Hikari.

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RoboGames 2011: Hard Core Robot Combat (Video)


Most of the humanoid robot competitions like ROBO-ONE and RoboGames don't allow the robots to try and destroy each other with rockets or other weapons of major destruction.

Mech Warfare, like ComBots, is an exception. In the "hard core" Mech Warfare classification almost anything goes. Most humanoid builders are very cautious about joining the battle since their robots cost more than the typical personal computer.

But this year at least two of the competitors gave it a try.

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RoboGames 2011 – Middle Weight Humanoid Kung-Fu Final (Video)


While the top players in the Lightweight Humanoid Robot Kung-Fu competition turned out to be from the US, the top middle weight robots hailed from Asia.

The final Middle Weight Humanoid Robot Kung-Fu match was Zaura, from Japan, versus RND_Wimbleton, from Korea.

You can recognize RND_Wimbleton by the red markings. Zaura resembles a mechanical robot dinosaur in many respects - and even growls ferociously, kind of like a modern day Godzilla. You may have watched Zaura in action last year when he appeared with Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel.

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RoboGames 2011 – Humanoid Robot Rumble (Video)


Humanoid robots aren't cheap. The lowest price kit runs at least $700, and builders typically pay from $1,200 just to get started in the biped robot game. So, when they compete at an event like RoboGames, they tend to be a little cautious about breaking servos or brackets, at least until the official part of the competition is over.

But, once they can relax and not have to worry about missing their turn in the ring due to a broken part, they throw caution to the wind. All the robots, both lightweight and middleweight, get into the ring together. When they referee shouts "Start!", the robot rumble is on.

The game is extremely simple. Knock your opponents out of the ring and avoid the same thing happening to yourself. The Last Robot Standing wins. :)

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