I can't be exactly sure what Michael Overstreet and his gang of fellow makers are up to in Kansas City, but whatever it is, it sure looks like fun. They have turtle shell racers that appear to be remote controlled from the operators smartphones, that look just as if they jumped right off the screen out of a Mario Bros video game adventure.
Spent a great afternoon up-close-and-personal getting to know the new RIC-30 humanoid robot. It has some unusual features and uses some totally unexpected parts. I'll be posting all the details as soon as I can process the photos and videos from today's robot session.
Robert Oshler, the founding father of RobotsRule.com, just sent us a heads-up on the newest WowWee robot, the RoboScooper.
Big poster in Akihabara station promoting a special 30th Anniversary Gundam World 2009 event at Nasu Highlands Park. A smaller segment to the lower left is pimping the LEGO Stadium and the space center located in the same park.
Located a little under 2 hours by Bullet train from the center of Tokyo, Nasu has turned into a popular family resort area, especially for those trying to escape the summer heat and humidity.
When they throw in extra features that speak directly to the otaku's heart (almost always the father in this type of scenario), it's a given that the family will be spending most, if not all of it's summer vacation budget there.
Did we mention that they also have rollercoasters?
-- Posted using the Robots Dreams iPhone.
We were really glad to hear that the new HPI G-Dog robot canine landed the cover of the next ROBOCON magazine. ROBOCON is, without a doubt, the leading Japanese robot focused periodical. So when the magazine's editors pick a robot to grace the cover, it means that they like it a lot, and think it will do quite well.
The issue featuring the G-Dog will hit stores on August 18th, and includes a four page article covering the robots design, features, and appeal. We got some hands on time with the robot dog at RoboGames 2008 (see video), and were definitely impressed. HPI hasn't disclosed their release schedule for the US market yet, but we're sure it will be a winner when they do.
It's going to take us a day or two to translate, and perhaps longer than that to figure out the full implications, but it appears that HPI will be rolling out a long list of new parts and other items for its popular G-ROBOT humanoid robot kits.
The G-ROBOTS line was designed in conjunction with Futaba, and is essentially identical to the Futaba RBT-1 robot sold in the US. At this point there is no word on whether or not the same new parts will be made available for sale outside of Japan.