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 2010 to be held April 31st at a small pond near his home in Kawasaki. And, to make it even more exciting and challenging, the robots will have to be running completely autonomously with no remote controls allowed.
Some skeptics may believe that he's joking, that the level of performance required to catch fish in the wild is beyond the capability of the human bird watchers. But, we've learned the hard way never to doubt what Sugiura-san and his robot building family set out to accomplish. If it's at all possible, he and his will be the first ones to achieve the goal.
On the other hand, he did post the notice on April 1st... and you might find it challenging to find the April 31st box on your calendar...
We mentioned in our previous post about the Tiny Wave robot that it captured many of the top slots during the 1st ROBO-ONE Light competition, so we thought we better put our money where our mouth is.
In addition to "Fruit", a Tiny Wave robot, winning the ROBO-ONE Light championship (video above) there were 8 Tiny Wave team entries with a total of 11 of the robots competing. Overall there were 60 official entries, so the Tiny Wave contingent represented a significant showing, especially for a new humanoid design that hasn't been on the market a full year yet.
The action at ROBO-ONE is really heating up.
You would expect that if a top ROBO-ONE builder decided to design a commercial robot kit it would turn out to be awesome. That's exactly what we're seeing with Tomio Sugiura's Tiny Wave humanoid. Drawing on years of experience as one of the ROBO-ONE and ROBO-ONE Gran Prix Champion, Sugiura has definitely come out with a winner.
Tiny Wave, which embodies many of the features and design concepts proven in competition by Sugiura's well known, and loved, Dynamizer robot, captured many of the top slots at the ROBO-ONE Light competition held last month here in Kawasaki, outperforming many designs from established humanoid kit makers that have been on the market for years.
Watching the ROBO-ONE Soccer video above, featuring the Tiny Wave powered "Espresso Pacchigi" team, it's easy to see how quick, agile, and responsive the robot design is. Keep in mind, that match took place in July, 2009 when Tiny Wave was still in its prototype/beta phase. The current versions are even better.
By the way, the tall, lanky, British looking gentleman playing on the Expresso Pacchigi team is non-other than Robin Harding with the UK Financial Times newspaper. Robin was researching the ROBO-ONE scene for a major feature that appeared in the Financial Times Weekend magazine and was 'adopted' (at least for a few weeks that summer) by the Sugiura family.
While it wasn't part of the official presentation schedule, Sugiura's Tiny Wave humanoid drew a lot of attention, especially when it donned Gundam headgear.
Tomio Sugiura’s amazing Dynamizer humanoid robot is truly a legend. The ROBO-ONE champion biped is known world-wide for it’s ability to perform human like tasks including skiing, baseball pitching, fishing, cooking, slicing vegetables, and mowing the lawn. Based on Dynamizer’s technology, Sugiura developed, and is currently marketing, Tiny Wave, the red robot featured towards the end of this video: