Yoshihiro Shibata believes that robot and motion design is an art, and he aspires to be one of the top artists in his chosen field.
He should know. For the past few years he worked for Kondo Robot in Tokyo where he was the product manager for the KHR-2HV and KHR-3HV humanoid robots as well as the frame design for the Kyosho MANOI AT-01 robot.
His skill is very evident in the video above. Taken by a head mounted camera, the video is surprisingly stable showing how smooth and reliably the robots balance and movements are, even while playing a fast game of Blaser robot laser tag.
Shibata recently spun off on his own and is designing robots and taking on projects via his new company named LightFoot. He's also actively involved in staging robot events and is the technical director for the Robot Japan competitions.
He also did pretty well at RoboGames 2011 in California last month:
Shibata-san, a ROBO-ONE Champion level competitor and the designer of the Kondo KHR-3HV humanoid robot joined RoboGames 2011 as a key member of the Robot Japan team.
We caught up with Shibata after all the events finished and asked him about his impressions. He was so pleased with RoboGames that without any prompting on our part, he committed to coming back for RoboGames 2012 with a brand new biped robot specifically designed to win at Mech Warfare.
Shibata's friends back home might be a little surprised at how well he can speak English. Just three short days ago he was really hesitant to speak any English. But the three extremely intense days at RoboGames brought out the best in him. Perhaps we should remarket RoboGames as the Ultimate English Language Learning Immersion Course for robot fans world-wide.
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.
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.
Yoshihiro Shibata is one of the most talented humanoid robot builders in Japan. He designed ROBO-ONE champion level robots, Black Blade and Black Seed, over five years ago back in 2005-2006, even before Kondo developed the KHR-2HV.
’ROBO-ONE Revisited: Part 2 – Black Seed (Video)’ continues
Since the Spring ROBO-ONE competition was canceled in the aftermath of the earthquake, we decided to go back and repost highlights from some of the past competitions. What we found was pretty surprising, even for us.
’ROBO-ONE Re-Visited Part 1 (Video)’ continues