Asratec, a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank held a press conference in Tokyo announcing V-SIDO, an innovative operating system for robots that incorporates functionality to protect the robot and humans while making development easier for robot designers. They also demonstrated the ASRA C1 reference model humanoid robot.
Ever wonder why it was so easy for Darth Vader to control the Storm Troopers, and why Luke & Company easily ate them up for lunch? Simple - the Storm Troopers had sponge cake for brains.
Don't believe me? Check out the Tech Republic photoset to see how they constructed a life sized edible Storm Trooper, complete in every detail. The last photo in the set is my personal favorite. Now I'm seriously starting to think about cooking up a human sized Gundam.
It's the end of the year, so I've been reviewing, organizing, and cleaning up old files. Some of the images, like the shot of Toku Toku Maru taken at the ROBO-ONE 10 competition in 2006 in Nagai, Japan, brought back great memories that I wanted to share them with you.
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 Sugiura Machine Design Office, is a ROBO-ONE humanoid robot designer in his own right as well as having managed the design of several Kondo KHR-series robot kits. Earlier this year he expanded his activities internationally by winning top honors at RoboGames 2011.
I'll post the details of our afternoon discussion, including a lot of their insights and experience with DARwin-OP, in the next day or two. In the meantime, here are some of the photos we took:
Nothing to do directly with robots or robotics, but I happen to be in San Francisco on business this week and thought I would share a few photos.
The Borders store next to Union Square in San Francisco used to be one of my favorite hangouts, and always made a significant dent in my wallet. Now it's just an empty shell undergoing redecoration with no indication of who the next tenant will turnout to be.
My work schedule has been unbelievably overloaded, but I'm finally catching up on all the photos and videos from the ROBO-ONE 19 weekend event. Here's the photo gallery for the second day of the competition:
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