US humanoid robots are getting are bigger, and badder. (Video)

Giger robot
It’s really too bad that we can’t be in two (or three or four) places at once. We really wanted to see Giger, the 9 pound, 2 foot tall humanoid robot with 24 degrees of freedom in action at iHobby. Giger uses 16 of the Dynamixel RX-64 servos plus another 8 RX-28 servos, and it takes two 1900 mAh LiPo batteries to keep this humongous biped moving, and move he does.

With a little fine tuning, and battle experience, Giger could be ready to enter the fray over here for one of the ROBO-ONE competitions next year.

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New humanoid robot from Robotis really rocks! (Video)

Robotis
Thanks to Michael Overstreet, we’re able to share the video below direct from the iHobby 2009 currently taking place in Chicago. Robotis is showing off their latest Bioloid humanoid robot standing on a tilted rotating platform. The robot, equipped with a new Balance Sensor Module is able to maintain perfect balance and stability. This is definitely going to give the competition some heartburn once the Robotis robot is released in a few months.

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Robot Night Out In Akiba

Just wrapped up a fantastic session in Akihabara with robot friends from Spain and Japan.














- Posted using the Robots Dreams iPhone.

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Champion Robots Are Just Like Kids (Video)

What happens when two humanoid robot builders, one a Japanese ROBO-ONE champion for half a decade and the other an American RoboGames gold metal winner without peer, meet up in Korea to fight it out?

Roaring testosterone? Tempers soaring out of control? Blood, guts, servo motors burning, gears flying?

Nope. Not at all.

They play baseball, of course!

And, they’re actually pretty good at it. Check out the action around minute 3:00.

On the pitching mound representing Japan at the Korea Robot Game Festival, is Mega Dynamizer designed and built by Tomio Sugiura. At the plate, doing a great job of connect with the fast balls (and wearing the cool slacks) is Zyn, created by Rob(ot) Farrell, the driving force behind Farrell Robotics.

Credits: Video footage by Clarence from A-Main Objectives, and transcoded by Limor at RoboSavvy.

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RoboGames 2009: Bioloid Premium Humanoid Robot (Video)

We haven’t had the opportunity to log any 1:1 hands-on time with the new Bioloid Humanoid Robot from Robotis yet, but we did get to see it perform at RoboGames 2009.

Two things were immediately obvious. First, the robots performance has improved a lot, and is much more realistic, than the previous generation. Second, Robotis has put a lot of time and effort into making sure that owners can hack, modify, and add their own particular style to the robot. That’s all goodness.

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Robots With Style

Several years ago, when we saw some of the earliest Bioloid robot kits for education we gave them an 8.0 (out of 10) for functionality and price/performance, and a 3.0 for style.

As good as the early kits were, the overall image and design left a lot to be desired. They had great teacher appeal, but would never have gotten the adreniline pumping in the heart of young manga reading, video game playing, Transformers and Gundam addicts.




Now, with the release of the Bioloid Premium Humanoid Robot kit, Bioloid has certainly addressed the style and image problems in spades.
-- Posted using the Robots Dreams iPhone.

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