Insanity Wolf and Zot gave a glimpse of the future of robot battle at RoboGames 2012.
Zot is one of the powerful, agile humanoid robots developed by Farrell Robotics that took home medals at the world's largest open robot competition held in San Mateo, California last month.
Insanity Wolf, a dual airsoft gun equipped quadroped robot operated remotely using a head mounted wireless camera, was designed by Andrew Alter, the primary driving force behind Mech Warfare.
Edit [5/9/2012]: Corrected Zot's name.
Just received a copy of the next issue of ROBOT Magazine with the new Dongbu HOVIS Lite humanoid robot on the cover. It's not my first cover photo for the magazine, but it is definitely the best image so far. My 5 page review of the HOVIS Lite is featured starting on page 20.
The issue should be on newsstands, in bookstores, and in subscribers mailboxes within the next week or so.
Aldebaran just uploaded the Spring 2012 NAO Developer Days overview video providing an excellent overview of the program, participants, and the 24 hour codathon competition.
During the competition participants had just 24 hours to develop a new application for the NAO humanoid robot, then present it to the judges, with the winner receiving a brand new Next-Gen NAO robot.
The first set of photos from last weekend's ROBO-ONE 20 humanoid robot competition is online:
The Aldebaran NAO and ROMEO humanoid robots were featured on television, including interviews with some of the key Aldebaran management team.
For those already familiar with the NAO robot, the program doesn't really present anything new or exciting. It does, however, include some good close-up views of ROMEO - the company's life-sized/person-sized humanoid development project.
Uncle Bob (a.k.a. Robert Lam) has taught numerous humanoid robot builders how to create smooth, realistic motions, has designed a new and extremely affordable biped robot named "Wahoo".
Capable of smooth walking using only three servos, Wahoo can also be controlled by an Android based smartphone. Uncle Bob has an iOS version in the works as well.
The robot stands approximately 15 cm tall and sports an Android shaped body shell produced on a 3D printer. The servos are low-cost 9 gram types with 6 AAA batteries hidden in the robots legs. Communication with the smartphone is via Bluetooth, so it should be possible to control the robot from any Bluetooth enabled computer.