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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King Kizer Z Designed to Take on and Destroy Full Sized Humaniod Robot Opponents (Video)

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Nao Maru, the creator of the King Kizer series of ROBO-ONE champion humanoid robots, is taking the game to an entirely new level. As a part of Nippon Television “Real Robot Battle” competition, Maru put together King Kizer Z, a super sized humanoid robot that should be able to more than hold it’s own in the ring, and potentially take home the crown.

King Kizer Z stands just over 2 meters tall and tips the scales at 230 kg (506 lb.) which makes it a very formidable opponent, especially since Maru always plays to win.

Maru’s massive robot is equipped with pneumatic air cylinders in each arm and programming that enables it to throw a killer combination punch:

And, if that wasn’t enough, King Kizer Z has built-in canons capable of firing up to 12 shots per bout:

 

Via: MARU Family

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ROBOT JAPAN 7th Competition Scheduled for January 19, 2014

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The 7th Robot Japan competition will take place Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Buddhist Hall in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo. Events will include ROBO-ONE style robot kung-fu in both the light and bantam weight categories, performance, dance, and marathon race.

The doors open at 11:00 am and typically run until around 5:00 pm with a 1 hour break for lunch. The event is open to the general public with an adult ticket price set at 1,500 yen.

Via: ROBOT JAPAN OFFCIAL SITE

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Apple Bets $10.5B on Robots and Lasers to Upgrade Their Supply Chain

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Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to spend a record $10.5 billion on improving and optimizing their supply chain including assembly robots, factory automation, milling machines, and other technology.

The information, derived in large part from Apple’s fiscal 2014 capital expenditure forecast, clearly demonstrates that Apple takes full control and ownership of their supply chain, unlike many other companies that tend to throw designs over the fence and leave the details up to their suppliers.

This isn’t a new initiative for the Apple management leadership. Prior to taking over as CEO when Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook husbanded the creation/re-engineering of Apple’s existing supply chain. However, it does represent a major “power-up” move since the forecast 2014 capital expenditures represent a 61% increase from the previous fiscal year and a whooping 10X increase over the 2008 numbers.

 

Via: Apple’s $10.5B on Robots to Lasers Shores Up Supply Chain - Bloomberg

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How Apple Makes the Mac Pro – All the Detail Thanks to Atomic Delights

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Doing a bit more research after my previous post on the Apple Mac Pro I found an excellent writeup on the Atomic Delights blog that goes through the entire Mac Pro manufacturing/assembly process step by step.

The article is definitely worth taking a few minutes to read through if you’re interested in what state-of-the-art manufacturing can accomplish, especially if you have the technology and deep pockets of Apple.

Via: How Apple Makes the Mac Pro — Atomic Delights

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