Robotics is one of those rare activities that allows people to express their own creativity in a multitude of ways. Some builders enjoy the programming, the mechanics, or the design challenges, while others love to compete in robot combat, and some just enjoy the sense of community and sharing.
Originally uploaded by Tempusmaster.
A replica of the classic N.P. 5357 tin robot. Originally produced in Japan in the late 1940's.
According to friends here, after the war (WWII) Japan desperately needed foreign currency and focused on exports. Since they couldn't purchase raw materials from overseas, some enterprising craftspeople recycled the tin cans discarded by the US military to make small toys, including robots, trains, and cars, to export. The N.P. 5357 robot is considered by many to be the first success.
While a replica, like the one above, can be readily purchased for $10 or so, originals have become collectors items and tend to be rather pricey.
We had a great time at RT Corp in Akihabara this afternoon. Lots of creative KHR and MANOI humanoid robot builders, including Dr. GIY, were hanging out,sharing tips and experiences, and helping each other with their robot creations. We've uploaded our raw photos from todays RT Corp robot session.
By the way, if you're lucky enough to make the trek to Japan and Akihabara, please make sure to visit RT Corp, and tell Nakagawa-san, the founder, that we introduced you. !8-)
The Wonderful Robot Carnival events, held every six months in Tokyo, just get better and better. Today's competition, the 4th, was jam packed with robot action, surprises, humor, and even suspense from the time it opened at 1:00 pm until the winner was declared just before 7:00 pm. With over 40 entries, 5 completely unique competitions, plus a ROBO-ONE pre-qualification stage, it was hard to blink without missing some of the action.
Checkout our raw photo album from the 4th Wonderful Robot Carnival, and stay tuned for some really exciting videos.