For the past eight years, Kondo RoboSpot has been an Akihabara based mecca for humanoid robot enthusiasts and fans from all over the world. The facility has been featured on numerous televisions programs, both in Japan and overseas, and has hosted regular robot competitions including the KondoCup Robot Soccer matches and KondoLand Multi-legged Robot Obstacle Course races. It has been a feature on tours of the Akihabara area. It became one of the ‘must visit’ robot landmarks in the area.
The company just announced that as of the end of this month, March 31st, the current RoboSpot facility will be closed and will be relocated to the 1st floor of the Kondo corporate headquarters, a few train stops north of the Akihabara location. The new facility, equipped with humanoid robot practice rings, work tables, and fabrication equipment for use by customers, is expected to be open for business sometime in May this year.
It's hard to believe, but it's actually been 8 years since Kondo introduced the first hobby level humanoid robot kit in the world. Last year they had to cancel the anniversary celebration due to the March 2011 earthquake and related disasters. But this year the event was back in full force with lots of energy and boundless enthusiasm.
Here are some of the photos from the 8th Kondo KHR Humanoid Robot Anniversary celebration:
Via: KONDO KHR
The Kondo KHR-3HV humanoid robot was selected by AU, a major Japanese cellphone network provider, for a new iPhone commercial embodying the hopeful, creative, enthusiastic spirit of up and coming young Japanese.
The 8th Kondo KHR Robot Anniversary event will take place in Tokyo on August 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday). Competitions will include Kondo Battle KHR Class which follows the standard ROBO-ONE competition rules, and KondoCup Robot Soccer.
Since this event celebrates the anniversary of the popular Kondo KHR humanoid robot series, it will feature the KHR classifications for all competitions.
The event will be open to the public, and admission is free. The venue is the 3331 ARTS CYD facility at 11-14 6-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda, in the Akihabara district just a few minutes walk from the Kondo RoboSpot location.
Via: Kondo-robot.com news
Naoki Maru and his son have transformed their life-sized King Kizer humanoid robot into a real life version of the battling robots from Real Steel.
The Robot Yuenchi group organizes robot events and competitions including the popular Robot Athlete Cup series that started almost five years ago. While the primary robot type featured in their events are humanoids like the Kyosho MANOI and Kondo KHR series, they also promote other types of robots including competitions that have multi-legged bots playing Beach Flag - a variation of the Capture the Flag game we played as kids.
In order to stimulate even more interest in robotics, and with the 10th anniversary ROBO-ONE 20 competition coming up this March, Robot Yuenchi announced a new high performance humanoid robot kit that will go on sale in February.