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.
The annual Robot Fashion Contest in Osaka, Japan is scheduled for November 24th.
It's one robot competition that depends more on style and beauty than on technical merit or raw power. "Performance" takes on a totally different meaning.
Competitors are judged on esthetic factors, and the rules are fairly free and open. While there are the usual restrictions - like no extreme weapons, gunpowder, gasoline, and the like - the robots can use props, background music, and even assistants (human or otherwise). Most of the robots are typically humanoid, but the rules allow you to enter other types of robot designs.
Did I mention there are PRIZES? Some top competitors will walk away with over USD$1,000 - which I'm sure they will spend to buy more servos and other robot gear.
Related links: Robot Fashion Contest 2013
Robert Roschler, a good friend, fellow robot designer, and AI researcher, put together this impressive remix of "Tears of Steel". Just to be clear, the video footage and impressive animation was done by the Blender Foundation and Robert is using it in accordance with the appropriate derivative license terms and conditions. At the same time, he is the creator, author, and performer of the song "Evolution".
Robert is one of those rare individuals that that is been able to bridge the gap between left brain right brain individuals merging his grasp of both the technical realm and the artistic. He loves creating a fusion of robotics and automation with the performing arts. In fact, that unique talent inspired him many years ago to create the RoboDance project.
That project, which was primarily self-funded by Robert himself, enabled people to create complex dance and performance sequences with computer assistance utilising low-cost robots like the Robosapien. He doesn't let artificial constraints stand in the way of creativity. In fact he sees it as a challenge to apply technology in new ways to create his visions.
Here are the reference links provided by Robert:
Remix of the amazing Tears of Steel animation video by the Blender Foundation. Video footage and some sound effects are used in accordance with the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license the video was released. This license allows content usage in both commercial and non-commercial derivative works as long as proper attribution is given. My personal thanks to the creative geniuses at the Blender Foundation for this latest open source project in a series of true gems that they have released over the years. To see the original film in its entirety please visit:
The song "Evolution" is an original work and not part of the Tears of Steel project, (c) Android Technologies, Inc. For more information visit:
SANKYO, one of the leading Japanese suppliers of Pachinko equipment, has a new video featuring Yasuko Sawaguchi with a cute humanoid robot.
Like most Japanese television commercials it's hard to tell exactly what the connection is between the video content any actual product of trying to sell. Most Japanese television commercials are highly stylised and "good feeling – good image" in contrast to the commercials we see in the US.
The commercial doesn't show any additional information about the robot, though it appears from the design that Takahashi was probably involved somehow. It really has a close resemblance to his work.
Issue #9 (of about 70) arrived today, and along with the set of parts for the DeAgostini Robi humanoid robot designed by Takahashi-san, there was another larger box including the original clock shaped like Robi's head.
Watch Robots Play Part in Treatment for People With Special Needs on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
"Notre Dame psychology professors use a robot built in France by Aldebaran Robotics as a tool to encourage children with autism, who may struggle just to engage in simple conversation. According to the Autism Society, 1 percent of American children ages three to 17 have an autism spectrum disorder."
Related link: PBS NewsHour