ROBO-ONE Robot Champion Designer Tackles Fashion Robotics (Video)

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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.

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3rd ROBO-ONE Humanoid Helper Project: More than just bipedal robots (Video)

Although the large, almost life-sized, humanoid robots like Doka Harumi tend to capture most of the public attention, the ROBO-ONE organization hasn't limited it's initiatives to only bipedal designs. Many of the events and special projects include multi-legged or wheeled robots. For example, the main event on the agenda for the first day of the ROBO-ONE Humanoid Helper Robot Project competition last month was dedicated to "Table Top" robots. The goal was to demonstrate how robotics could be utilized in a domestic, senior care, or hospital setting to provide help and assistance. The rules were fairly open and accommodating, allowing robot designers to enter a wide range of different configurations. A good example is Dynamizer TT, operated by Tomio Sugiura famous for creating the ROBO-ONE champion humanoid Dynamizer:

Purists might argue that it doesn't duplicate the functionality of a human doing the same tasks, but that is exactly the point. A washing machine doesn't clean clothes the same way that our great-grandmothers did by hand. A Roomba doesn't push around a heavy vacuum cleaner. And, a car isn't a carriage without a horse. Our robotic future is much more likely to be populated by numerous small, affordable, dedicated purpose robot assistants than humanoid shaped Mini-Me's. Of course it will be great to have humanoid companions, teachers, and friends, but they are likely to be in the minority, perhaps limited to only the very rich, or the extremely needy.
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MAKE Tokyo 06 – First Encounter with the Robotis Bioloid GP Robot

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.

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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. :P

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Still our favorite humanoid robot…

dynamizer robo-one champion robot

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.

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Wonderful Robot Carnival: Inspiring the next generation

Sugiura-san, creator of TinyWave & Dynamizer, encouraging the next generation of robot builders:



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