UK RoboSavvy Humanoid Event-Part 1 (Video)

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Almost instantly after we mentioned that we would like to see some photos and videos from the UK humanoid event that was held last weekend, Orac pinged us with a pointer to the files. It looks like everyone had a fantastic time.

ROBO-ONE style robotics had definitely taken hold in the UK, which is extremely encouraging. Hopefully it will motivate some of the humanoid robot kit manufacturers to take the market and customers outside of Japan seriously.

We're going to post several of the videos from the event, which was organized by active UK based members of the popular RoboSavvy robot forums. To get things off to a good start, here's a highlight video put together by OraNova (BillB).

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i-SOBOT Humanoid Robot In Education (Video)

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The popular i-SOBOT humanoid robot from Takara TOMY is being used to teach robot design in Florida. Although the robot sells for under $300, and is considered to be in the 'toy' category by some, it is a fully functional 17 DOF biped robot.

Sudhir Reddy Posireddy prepared an extensive set of i-SOBOT demonstrations (video below) to illustrate humanoid robot principles for the Robot Design class at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida International University.

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Captain Kangaroo Had a Dancing Bear Too! (Video)

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Just when we were thinking that 'paxshikai' had run out of creative hack, mods, and stunts for his i-SOBOT robot, he surprised us again with his latest creation - a Robot Bear (video below).

One of the nice things about his approach is that most i-SOBOT owners should be able to recreate it, or something similar, with minimum taxidermy skills and a quick trip to the local crafts or dollar store. Of course, access to the IR sensor so that the robot can receive commands from the remote control is a concern. Perhaps a small access hole strategically cut in the shoulder might do the trick.

Who knows, perhaps we'll soon see dozens of little robot creatures of different types playing air guitar. Barbie doesn't have the right body proportions for this particular hack, but there must be lots of dolls and stuffed animals out there that would work. Be sure and let us know what you come up with, and point us to a video showing it in action if possible.


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i-SOBOT Robot Still Going Strong (Video)

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We ran across a video (see below) of one of the i-SOBOT TV commercials that have been running here. The tiny robot continues to be extremely popular, is easy to find in the stores, and has popped up on some of the leading interview and 'talent' programs that are standard fodder on the major TV networks.

The ad also reminded us to mention that in addition to the original white and blue model TOMY has released a Black version in Japan. It's basically the older domestic version packaged in the US black body.

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ROBO-ONE 13: i-SOBOT Based ROBO-ONE Competition Planned

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The announcement was very low key, to the point that if you weren't paying attention you might have easily missed it entirely. But, the long term impact could be tremendous. At the ROBO-ONE 13 competition yesterday it was announced thatTakara TOMY has officially joined the list of ROBO-ONE sponsors, which is good news by itself. More important, they mentioned that there are plans in the works for a TOMY robot (i-SOBOT) based ROBO-ONE competition. The details and schedules were not specified, but frankly, we can hardly wait!

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