34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition Slideshow

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My photo gallery of shots taken at the 34th All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition finals held November 24th:

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Building a life-size Stormtrooper – kind of…

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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.

Via: Building a life-size Stormtrooper cake (photos) | TechRepublic

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Looking Back – ROBO-ONE 10 Nagai, Japan (Photo Gallery)

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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.

2006 ROBO-ONE 10 Nagai - a set on Flickr

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Saturday Afternoon Robot Chat (Photos)

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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:

 

(Via Sugiura Machine Design Office.)

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San Francisco Day One – November 2011

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.

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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.

San Francisco Day One – November 2011’ continues

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After The Battle – Maru-san (King Kizer)

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Maru-san (King Kizer) rushing to catch the Shinkansen after the IREX 2011 ROBO-ONE event.

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