As I mentioned before, Christmas Day for me here in Japan involved one of the most over-the-top robot events in the world, Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10!
The competition is pure robot entertainment, a robotized version of professional wrestling that includes all of the fun, excitement, thrills, and laughs of its human counterpart. The major difference is that no blood is spilled and no brains are scrambled.
Luckily, I had a ringside seat for the Main Event, pitting MONSTER against SAAGA, and am able to share the video with you below.
’Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! Main Event’ continues
Shapeways, the NYC based start-up that provides a way for creators to manifest their concepts as real world 3D products, announced the "Shapeways My Keepon Challenge":
"Given our obsession with the toy, we wanted to give the Shapeways community an opportunity to win a My Keepon for your own late night jam sessions. So we've teamed up with the creators for what we are dubbing "The Shapeways My Keepon Challenge.
Design an accessory for My Keepon (anything goes so long as we can print it!) and the winner with the most creatively awesome add-on will win a My Keepon, a print of his or her accessory, and a $50 Shapeways gift certificate.
A joint team of BeatBots, Wow! Stuff, and Shapeways will be judging the entries. From the My Keepon team, we're excited to have as judges Dr. Marek Michalowski and Dr. Hideki Kozima of BeatBots; and Dr. Graeme Taylor and Richard North of Wow! Stuff."
I wasn't able to attend today's All Japan Robot Sumo Tournament in Tokyo due to previous business commitments, but Matthew Rose was able to make it and sent in the extensive playlist below including 17 videos of the lightening fast robot action.
It may seem a bit odd, but as the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Since I'm in Japan, I'm going to spend Christmas Day in Tokyo watching Dekinnoka 10 - Robot Pro Wrestling!
The event will take place at the Buddhist Hall in Tsukiji. Doors open at 16:30 and the action kicks off right on schedule at 17:30.
It would be easy to get a bit jaded about robots to the point that you think, "I've seen that before. No big deal." But, every once in a while a robot design comes along that is just so amazingly cool that it takes your breath away.
You either think, "Hey, I want one of those!", or "Why didn't I think of that first?". Sometimes you think both of them at the same time.
’Sphere Morphing Hexapod Robot (Video)’ continues
[Robot art at IREX 2011]
It's almost a month since IREX 2011 wrapped up. Going back over my notes, photos, and videos from what is usually the high point of the robotics calendar, I have to say that the show this year was a bit lackluster. There were a few new robots and applications that surfaced, but not near as many as we've seen in previous years.
’Robot Lull?’ continues