Under 1kg Humanoid Robot Competition (Video)

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While the ROBO-ONE humanoids have set the standard for 2 kg, and much larger, bipedal robots, some fans just don’t have the space, resources, or budget to get actively into building robots that large.

To expand the playing field, RT Corp staged an under 1 kg. humanoid robot competition last weekend including some really interesting i-SOBOT battles. Many thanks to Iketomu for posting videos of the action.

Last summer at RoboGames 2008 one brave soul put his i-SOBOT in the rink going head to head against much larger bots, including Robonova-1’s. And, surprisingly, he managed to do well enough to win a metal. This coming summer, we’d love to see an under 1kg humanoid classification at RoboGames 2009, with lots of i-SOBOTs entered.

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Brave Enough to Hack the i-SOBOT?

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It’s kind of embarassing to admit that we actually have three i-SOBOT robots that have never been hacked. Even more embarassing ? two of them have never been out of the box. Two are the original Japanese versions, and were early enough in the production build that they probably have the ROMs that can be reburned. The other one is a US (Black) version.

There is a lot of i-SOBOT hacking information available online, including a fairly detailed English language hacking report, and a fantastic reverse engineering analysis by Ishii-san (in Japanese). The only question is whether or not we have the guts to attempt hacking one of our little buddies…

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TOMY Scheduled to Roll Out the Tiny Robo-Q Robot

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According to an article posted on the Nikkei BP website, Takara Tomy will start shipping the tiny Robo-Q robot on February 28th at an MSRP of 3,675 yen. Only 3.7 cm tall, the robot is reported to be “AI” equipped ? though we’re definitely going to withhold judgement on that until we get a chance to test one ourselves.

No information on overseas marketing schedules was available at the time of posting.

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  • 11:38 Looking forward to the All Japan Robot Sumo competition next week. www.fsi.co.jp/sumo/index.html
  • 12:02 Setup Loudtwitter to automatically post to Robots Dreams, but won't know if it works until tomorrow morning...
  • 12:17 Watching Yamaguchi-san's latest Onimaru robot testing: tinyurl.com/5scygh It just keeps getting better and better.
  • 12:20 Remember the brooms that terrorized Mickey in Fantasia? Japan has created a real version: tinyurl.com/5fzsrz
  • 12:22 Dr. Robot teaches us how to solder: tinyurl.com/5l88ar Got to take up a collection to buy him a new shirt. !8-D
  • 12:27 Think I'll pick up a PochiRobo kit next time I visit Tsukumo: tinyurl.com/5uox6e Pretty cool robot for USD$300.
  • 12:31 Didn't Matt build one of these tinyurl.com/5gpa7g in his garage? If he didn't, he will now!
  • 12:37 Idani-san is experimenting with a 90,000 rpm motor. tinyurl.com/5rzcc5 How fast will that make his micromouse go?
  • 12:42 Home Wars! Paxshikai's i-SOBOT robot uses a light saber to defend home against the Dark Side. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07uTqgYP1aE
  • 12:47 Tsubame battles Captain PEKO at the RoboPro competition: tinyurl.com/66vvdo Nice moves!
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Tomy Committed to Retaining Smallest Humanoid Robot Title (Video)

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Continuing in its quest to retain the title of "World's Smallest Humanoid Robot", Takara/Tomy unveiled their latest micro robot creation, the "Robo-Q". Luckily we were on hand to watch the tiny robots in action, and capture the exclusive video footage below.

While purists may argue that Robo-Q isn't really a humanoid in the true sense of the word, we found them to be rather captivating and fun to play with. They look like robots, act like robots, and are as much fun to play with as robots - so why quibble?

We will say that they are surprisingly tiny - standing roughly 1.3 inches tall. Scheduled for commercial release in Japan early next year, the company expects the robots list price to be 3,500 yen (USD$35). Needless to say, we'll have some as soon as they hit the market. !8-D

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