Great Makerbot Digitizer Sale Deal – 32% Discount

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I’m not sure why, especially since the product was just announced a couple months ago, but the Maker Shed currently has a super sale deal running for the Makerbot Digitizer. The standard list price of $1399.99 is discounted by 32% to $949.99 until New Years Eve.

The new scanner isn’t for everyone, as I mentioned in previous posts, but if you have the need to create 3D printable models from existing figurines or small items, this is a great deal.

One surprise that I wasn’t previously aware of is that the Makerbot Digitizer isn’t available for shipment to Japan, along with many other countries, due to restrictions on the laser used by the digitiser. Hopefully Makerbot will be able to sort that out soon.

Via: MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner | Maker Shed

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King Kizer Z Breaks Bricks Like Chuck Norris (Video)

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King Kizer Z shows off its power with the classic karate brick breaking demonstration:

Even Chuck Norris would have trouble dealing with this super metal behemoth.

Via: KK Z ブロック割り - YouTube

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Huge Real Robot Battle Robots on Display at Nippon TV in Tokyo

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Nippon TV is gearing up for the Real Robot Battle program, scheduled for broadcast here in Japan on Friday, December 13th starting at 7:00 pm. The humanoid robot competitors have been designed, and will be piloted by several of the top ROBO-ONE and university teams on the scene.

To generate more interest and enthusiasm, two of the life sized robots are currently displayed in Nippon TV’s 2nd floor lobby along with the championship belt. It’s hard to get a feel for the robots size from the photo. They are actually around 2 meters tall and weigh over 200 Kg (440 lbs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via: Real Robot Battle | Nippon TV

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24th ROBO-ONE Competition Regulations Released

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The latest revision to the ROBO-ONE humanoid robot competition regulations is online, and surprisingly there is lots of red ink. The ROBO-ONE organising committee always highlights any changes from the previous version in red to make it easier for competitors to find the differences, and to avoid any disputes or confusion at the events.

For the most part, most of the changes in the revision for the 24th ROBO-ONE competition are fairly minor, but a few may cause some heartburn or controversy. Nevertheless, it’s surprising to see so many changes in the regulations for a competition that’s been held every six months for the past 11+ years.

Some of the changes that immediately caught my eye are:

1) Robot weight is limited to a maximum of 3 Kg or lighter. There are some heavier robots that actively compete, and they usually have a strong advantage, so this change will probably make the matches more equal and interesting. At the same time, it’s really a shame that the larger robots over 3 Kg will be deprived the chance to compete.

2) The length of the 9 meter pre-qualifying sprint course may be changed depending on the venue. Does this imply that they are considering moving the event to another location? Perhaps.

3) There is more definition about the center of gravity and angle of attack during matches. The clarification is probably good, but will be hard to understand clearly and for the referee to administer. 

4) There’s an added section with regard to start/stop buttons on autonomous robots which seems to imply that they expect more autonomous competitors. In the past there has only been one or two autonomous entries that made it into the finals.

5) They seem to be very concerned about attacks from a squatting position, and also robots that deliberately throw themselves off balance to attack. They even characterize that strategy as a ‘desperation technique.'

Via: ROBO-ONE Regulations (PDF)

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34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition Slideshow

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My photo gallery of shots taken at the 34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition finals held November 24th:

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Kato Wins The 2013 All Japan Micromouse Robot Expert Class (Video)

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As expected, but still with a thrilling performance, Yusuke Kato’s full size micromouse robot, Tetra, managed to blow away the competition in the 2013 All Japan Micromouse Expert category for classic sized designs turning in an amazing time of 7.939 seconds.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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