Robot Builder Profile: Jin Sato – Part 1 (Video)

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It's been a while since we published one of our 'Robot Builder Profiles', so we thought it's about time that we made up for our shortcoming by posting a series of interviews with one of the best - Jin Sato.

"Jin-san", as he is often referred to by friends here in Japan, is a world class humanoid robot designer and a top ROBO-ONE competitor. Over the past five years he built ten completely new humanoids, an average of two per year, from the ground up. In many cases, he did all the design and hardware fabrication as well as developing the controller electronics and supporting software.

We'll delve into some of his educational, humanoid, and other robotic, projects in upcoming posts, but we thought the most appropriate place to start would be with his earlier LEGO Mindstorms creations, especially his 'MIBO' dog robot clone of Sony's popular AIBO. In the video interview below, Jin demonstrates the original MIBO robot while explaining some of the the robots design features, and why he took on such a daunting challenge.


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LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robot Takes On The RB2000 At Gymnastics (Video)

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Remember a few months back when everyone was so excited and amazed by the RB2000 humanoid robot that could do giant loops on the horizontal bar?

Well, it turns out that it's possible to achieve the same feat using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics system, as you can see in the video clip below.


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Four Wheeled Robot Unicycle…? (Video)

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There are tons of "how many ... does it take to ... " jokes. For example,

Q:  How many astronomers does it take to change a light bulb?
A:  None, astronomers prefer the dark.

Here, in "Robots-Dreams-Land", a similar riddle might pose a question like "How many wheels does it take to build a robot unicycle?" Thanks to a very kind heads-up from Maurits, we know that one very practical, non-joking, answer is four, as you can see in the video below.


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It's Hard To Believe This Robot



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Originally uploaded by tetrasync76.


Is totally made from LEGO bricks. We had to click on the image, then 'all sizes', and take a close up look at the largest size to confirm that, yes indeed, it is a massively detailed LEGO robot.

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UK TV Celebrity Fathers Robot Child

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Two years ago, November 2004 to be precise, Jason Bradbury - one of the hosts of the popular UK Gadget Show program - made a trip to South Korea that changed his life forever. Like most adventuresome young men on the loose in Asia, Jason immediately fell deeply in love with one of the local inhabitants. It happens all the time. Only in Jason's case, the object of his affections was a cute little humanoid robot named Robonova-1.

Although the relationship wasn't consummated at the time (the Robonova-1 hadn't been released for sale yet) Jason never forgot the experience and kept longing to be reunited with his robot soul mate. Now, after all these years of separation, Jason reports on his personal blog that, "I'm a robot dad!". So, next Monday, November 20th, the world (at least those with access to the program in the UK), will get a chance to see Jason and the other Gadget Show hosts cavort and play with a whole range of robots, including Jason's new-born robot child. From the behind the scenes photos below, it looks like they had an absolute blast.


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NXT Kids Must Be A Whole Lot Smarter

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Kids today must be a whole heck of a lot smarter today then they were when we were growing up. At least that's what The Discovery Channel and Amazon seem to think.

We were searching the Amazon toy section looking for an appropriate gift for our 2 year old grandchild. Much to our surprise, one of the first listings that popped up on our search was the new LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics system. Amazon's recommended age for the 'toy' is shown as 24 months to 5 years!


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