I spent a great afternoon down in Kanagawa learning all about the DARwin-OP humanoid robot from Sugiura-san and Shibata-san. Sugiura, one of the top independent design engineers responsible for leading-edge wind turbine equipment, is most well known to robot fans as the creator of the Dynamizer series of ROBO-ONE championship robots. Shibata, who recently joined […]
The ROBO-ONE video footage below may seem a little dated to fans that follow the game closely, but we really like it because it provides a glimpse behind the scenes and into the personal lives of some of the top competitors. The video segments are part of an upcoming documentary, “J, Robot” by Michael Garrigues […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Four years ago this month, Dynamizer and Retro went head to head in the 1st Robot Fishing Rally, stunning everyone including the public, TV reporters, and even the top ROBO-ONE organizing committee leaders. Never one to rest on his laurels, Sugiura-san has raised the bar even higher. Hie latest challenge: the 2nd Robot Fishing Rally […]