Michael Overstreet, publisher of the “I, Bioloid” website and an avid humanoid robot builder, is reporting live from the 2010 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics in Nashville. So far, he's uploaded lots of DARwin-OP robot unveiling photos and an initial video clip. I'm sure we'll see and hear more as the conference progresses.
We uploaded the 2010 All Japan Micromouse Robot Competition photoset, including photos of all the Expert Class robots that were on display. Unlike previous years, this time the robots were placed on a table behind a barrier which made getting detailed shots a bit more challenging. Luckily we were blessed with long arms.
Kato's full size Tetra micromouse champion robot that took 1st place in the Expert category.
We were looking for something else entirely, but fate somehow lead us to this extremely well executed and documented step-by-step Pleo Robot Dinosaur tear-down. Keep in mind that their objective was to take it all apart, and they didn't plan to put Humpty Dumpty together again.
The annual All Japan Micromouse robot competition is just a little over a month away, so everyone here has been watching the regional preliminary contests like a hawk. And, the one builder that everyone has their eye on is Kato-san, who demonstrated unbelievable expertise in all categories of last year's competition, but due to a small miscalculation ended up not winning the big prize.We were lucky enough to get an exclusive close-up look at his latest half-size micromouse design, named "Egg Torte".
Here's our Wonderful Robot Carnival photo gallery from yesterday's competition.
After an intense set of morning matches that slashed the competitors from 32 down to only the top 16 robots it was time for a well earned lunch break. Most of the fans, and the defeated robot builders just relaxed, walked over to the restaurants in the next building, or just sat outside to enjoy lunch boxes they packed from home.
Upstairs, on the 9th floor, the situation was completely different. The
There was no time to rest, relax, or even catch your breath. The action would crank up again in just over an hour, and everyone had to be ready to do battle. No excuses, and no extensions. The robot builders were focused on repairing any damage from the first round, charging their robots batteries, exchanging observations with the other builders to see if they could catch some hint to improve their fighting tecniques and strategies.
Some builders were even hurridly reprograming their robots to adjust for the techniques they expected their next competitor to use. This often happens when a tall robot plans to go head to head with one that’s much shorter. Suddenly all the great moves and arm swings that had been quite effective turn utterly useless as they go way over a short robots head.
Some of the larger robot designs demand constant care and attention. It’s easy for the aluminum frames used by most competitiors to twist, warp, or even bend to the point of breaking in the heat of battle.
It’s also a time for quiet reflection and thinking about their next opponent. Maeda-san, pictured with OmniZero above, seems deep in thought. The recent changes in the ROBO-ONE format have eliminated the Technical Demonstration phase where he always shines, head and shoulders above most of the other builders. Now the competition centers completely on the head-to-head battles. Of course Maeda can compete successfully, but his true nature and spirit is more “builder & creative artist” than the “Gladiator” type that it takes to win the top prize and championship belt.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and not all the robot pilots were stressed out. A few seemed very relaxed, laid-back, and took the whole thing in style:
You’ll enjoy the full ROBO-ONE 17 Pit Area photoset.