Hexapod Robot Ready to Conquer Extreme Obstacles (Video)

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Kondo Robot just announced a new multi-legged robot kit, the KMR-M6, that incorporates features sure to make it a huge hit with educators, researchers, hobbyists, and avid robot competitors. Based on feedback from their large established user base, Kondo designed the robot to require only two servos per leg using a unique spring and multi-bar linkage approach that provides improved flexibility and stability even while tackling complex obstacles.


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3rd KONDO LAND Robot Steeplechase Event Scheduled

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The 3rd KONDO LAND Robot Steeplechase competition has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th at the Kondo RoboSpot facility.

The event has quickly gained in popularity and the organizers are expecting over 20 multi-legged competitors to take the field. It's open to the public and admission is free. Keep in mind that the venue is relatively small and space will be limited, so be sure to show up early.

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Robot Exhibition in Nagoya

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The Nagoya Tokyu Hands store, next to the JR Nagoya station, is hosting an extended robot exhibition from April 4th through April 17th. The exhibition will include robot dance performances, robot soccer, humanoid battles, and flying robot drones.

The event is open to the general public and admission is free. There will be a small charge if you want to join in any of the competitions and experience what it's like to pilot some of the robots.

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Who's the Fastest Robot? (Video)

Ever wonder what the fastest robot might be? Can an i-SOBOT outrun a Robonova? Does a MANOI have the heels of Mercury? Can a Robo-Reptile out-sprint a Bioloid? What's your best guess? Who would you put your money on?

We won't spoil all the fun by revealing the robots name, or the competition here. You're going to have to watch the race in its hilarious entirety, including all the grins, giggles, energy and totally robotic chaos to enjoy it for yourself:

Fastest humanoid robot race

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Robot Race Coming up on the Gadget Show – UK Channel5


The humanoid robot gang over Robosavvy was recruited to play a key role in an upcoming episode of the popular UK Channel 5 Gadget Show with Jason Bradbury.

Without disclosing any spoilers, the episode looks like it will be a tremendous amount of fun including a robot race featuring about 40 different robots as well as a Robotis Bioloid GP getting up close and personal with Suzi the most attractive and sexy host on the program.

No word on when the episode will hit the airwaves, though it will probably be broadcast fairly soon. The program isn't carried by any of the networks or cable channels over here, so we'll have to depend on the kindness of readers in the UK to share their observations and reports.

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How To Impress Japanese Robot Fans (Video)

The Japanese robot builders are definitely World-Class, even at the hobby level. Their intense focus on the technology, craftsmanship, and quality makes them tough competitors in almost every sector of robotics, except for military/defense applications where the US holds a unique position.


So, if you were an American robot builder who happened to be living here and had the opportunity to compete head to head with the local talent, what could you possibly do to impress them and improve your odds of winning one of the top positions?


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ROBO-ONE Pre-Qualification Method Changes (Video)


In the early ROBO-ONE competitions the first day was entirely devoted to 2 minute autonomous demonstrations where each builder's robot had to perform, and be scored by a panel of expert judges. The competition was intense and the pressure extreme. There could easily be as many as 100 humanoid robots lined up to try and impress the judges enough so that they could grab one of the 32 slots to return the next day and battle in the ring.


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