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.
SWISH JAPAN demonstrated this complex tracking dolly system for video and film creation at InterBEE 2013 in Chiba, Japan last week.
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Movirig demonstrated the MOVI M10 handheld 3 axis ditigal gimbal camera platform at InterBEE 2013 in Chiba, Japan last week. The gimbal was surprisingly light, easy to handle, and will give video producers that ability to create and capture a wide range of moving sequences that would have been much more difficult or expensive in the past.
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SISVEL Tehcnology demonstrated their glasses free 3D video technology at the InterBEE exhibition in Chiba, Japan last week. The innovative technology produces an image with video quality and 3D representation equivalent to other commonly available systems, but does not require the use of special glasses for viewing. The only apparent negative that was obvioius during the demonstration was a disruption in the image when you move your head. As long as you keep your head in the same position, the 3D image appears fine. But if you tilt your head, or change your position relative to the screen, artifacts appear that could be objectionable to some users.
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The all new Volvo Dynamic System is an absolute dream for the truck driver, both driving forward and in reverse. Meet Jan-Inge Svensson, the engineer behind the groundbreaking innovation, and find out about the features that makes the steering so much easier, safer and precise. Don't miss the action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme in his world-first split between two Volvo FH trucks, all made possible by the Volvo Dynamic Steering system. See "The Epic Split" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme: Visit Volvo Trucks website: http://www.volvotrucks.com Volvo Trucks in social media: http://www.facebook.com/VolvoTrucks http://www.youtube.com/user/VolvoTrucks https://twitter.com/#!/VolvoTrucks http://www.linkedin.com/company/volvo-trucks http://www.flickr.com/photos/volvotrucks http://www.pinterest.com/volvotrucks http://instagram.com/volvotrucks
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Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to spend a record $10.5 billion on improving and optimizing their supply chain including assembly robots, factory automation, milling machines, and other technology.
The information, derived in large part from Apple’s fiscal 2014 capital expenditure forecast, clearly demonstrates that Apple takes full control and ownership of their supply chain, unlike many other companies that tend to throw designs over the fence and leave the details up to their suppliers.
This isn’t a new initiative for the Apple management leadership. Prior to taking over as CEO when Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook husbanded the creation/re-engineering of Apple’s existing supply chain. However, it does represent a major “power-up” move since the forecast 2014 capital expenditures represent a 61% increase from the previous fiscal year and a whooping 10X increase over the 2008 numbers.
Doing a bit more research after my previous post on the Apple Mac Pro I found an excellent writeup on the Atomic Delights blog that goes through the entire Mac Pro manufacturing/assembly process step by step.
The article is definitely worth taking a few minutes to read through if you’re interested in what state-of-the-art manufacturing can accomplish, especially if you have the technology and deep pockets of Apple.
Given all the video and photos I process, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that my next computer purchase will be the new Mac Pro. Even though it’s a bit pricey, the speed and processing power it is expected to deliver will improve my output and efficiency considerably.
So, it’s good to know that the Mac Pro assembly is being done in the U.S. Although I fully understand that it won’t mean a lot of jobs being repatriated from off-shore to the States, every little bit helps. And, it’s judicious application of robotics and factory automation technology that makes it both cost effective and good business to do the assembly Stateside.
Here’s a look at the Mac Pro manufacturing and assembly process:
How many start-up CEO’s do you know that host a podcast? Not many, for sure. As of today you can add Bre Pettis, the CEO and co-founder of Makerbot Industries to that short but illustrious list of podcasting CEOs.
In the inaugural episode of the new MakerBot Explorers podcast, Bre interacts with Corey Renner, Tom Burtonwood, and Thomas Lipoma to find out what they’ve been doing and creating with their Makerbot 3D printers.