Tomio Sugiura, creator of Dynamizer, Tiny Wave, and many other leading edge robots, has branched out into a more commercial enterprise by putting his robot design talents to work creating an animated female fashion mannequin named "Hina" that moves it's arms quite realistically.
Thanks to the kindness of Tomio Sugiura at the MAKE Tokyo 06 event today, we had our first opportunity to see, hold, and play with the new Robotis Bioloid GP humanoid robot design. All we can say is that the robot is incredibly sweet and will run rings around it's competition.
Videos and close-up photos will be posted soon, but it's already 2:00 am here, and I have to head out to Tsukuba in the morning for the 31st All Japan Micromouse robot competition. So, the GP photos/videos will probably have to wait at least 24 hours.
Hobby level humanoid robots have come a long, long way in the past six or seven years. The advances have been pretty amazing, to the point that it has become relatively easy to buy a robot kit that will deliver walking stability and performance that the early builders could hardly imagine.
Yet, one design, the original Dynamizer humanoid robot and ROBO-ONE champion designed by Tomio Sugiura, still stands head and shoulders above any other we've seen. Sure, Dynamizer's technical performance was great, but more important it had tremendous character and personality. Even standing still, Dynamizer seemed to be a little cocky and self assured, just waiting to ace the next challenge or win his next bout.
Sugiura-san, creator of TinyWave & Dynamizer, encouraging the next generation of robot builders: