Kojima's half size robot totally aced all competitors at the 34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition held last weekend in the Nagareyama area just northeast of Tokyo. The amazingly fast robot sped through the 32 by 32 maze clocking a 7.124 second time.
By Robots Dreams
Nippon TV is gearing up for the Real Robot Battle program, scheduled for broadcast here in Japan on Friday, December 13th starting at 7:00 pm. The humanoid robot competitors have been designed, and will be piloted by several of the top ROBO-ONE and university teams on the scene.
To generate more interest and enthusiasm, two of the life sized robots are currently displayed in Nippon TV’s 2nd floor lobby along with the championship belt. It’s hard to get a feel for the robots size from the photo. They are actually around 2 meters tall and weigh over 200 Kg (440 lbs).
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The latest revision to the ROBO-ONE humanoid robot competition regulations is online, and surprisingly there is lots of red ink. The ROBO-ONE organising committee always highlights any changes from the previous version in red to make it easier for competitors to find the differences, and to avoid any disputes or confusion at the events.
For the most part, most of the changes in the revision for the 24th ROBO-ONE competition are fairly minor, but a few may cause some heartburn or controversy. Nevertheless, it’s surprising to see so many changes in the regulations for a competition that’s been held every six months for the past 11+ years.
Some of the changes that immediately caught my eye are:
1) Robot weight is limited to a maximum of 3 Kg or lighter. There are some heavier robots that actively compete, and they usually have a strong advantage, so this change will probably make the matches more equal and interesting. At the same time, it’s really a shame that the larger robots over 3 Kg will be deprived the chance to compete.
2) The length of the 9 meter pre-qualifying sprint course may be changed depending on the venue. Does this imply that they are considering moving the event to another location? Perhaps.
3) There is more definition about the center of gravity and angle of attack during matches. The clarification is probably good, but will be hard to understand clearly and for the referee to administer.
4) There’s an added section with regard to start/stop buttons on autonomous robots which seems to imply that they expect more autonomous competitors. In the past there has only been one or two autonomous entries that made it into the finals.
5) They seem to be very concerned about attacks from a squatting position, and also robots that deliberately throw themselves off balance to attack. They even characterize that strategy as a ‘desperation technique.'
Via: ROBO-ONE Regulations (PDF)
My photo gallery of shots taken at the 34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition finals held November 24th:
As expected, but still with a thrilling performance, Yusuke Kato’s full size micromouse robot, Tetra, managed to blow away the competition in the 2013 All Japan Micromouse Expert category for classic sized designs turning in an amazing time of 7.939 seconds.
This little robot will soon perform in the style of Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The project is centered in the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies, under the direction of Dr. David Z. Saltz, in collaboration with Dr. Chi Thai in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The robot is a DARwin-OP, manufactured by Robotis. It is being programmed in Max/MSP, using the DarwinAnimator tool developed by David Saltz in conjunction with TellDarwin, developed by Michael Krzyzaniak. This project is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning.
By UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies
Nao Maru, the creator of the King Kizer series of ROBO-ONE champion humanoid robots, is taking the game to an entirely new level. As a part of Nippon Television “Real Robot Battle” competition, Maru put together King Kizer Z, a super sized humanoid robot that should be able to more than hold it’s own in the ring, and potentially take home the crown.
King Kizer Z stands just over 2 meters tall and tips the scales at 230 kg (506 lb.) which makes it a very formidable opponent, especially since Maru always plays to win.
Maru’s massive robot is equipped with pneumatic air cylinders in each arm and programming that enables it to throw a killer combination punch:
And, if that wasn’t enough, King Kizer Z has built-in canons capable of firing up to 12 shots per bout:
Via: MARU Family
The 7th Robot Japan competition will take place Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Buddhist Hall in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo. Events will include ROBO-ONE style robot kung-fu in both the light and bantam weight categories, performance, dance, and marathon race.
The doors open at 11:00 am and typically run until around 5:00 pm with a 1 hour break for lunch. The event is open to the general public with an adult ticket price set at 1,500 yen.