Left to right: 2nd Place - Team Japan 1; 1st Place - Team Korea; 3rd Place - Team Japan 2
Naoki Maru and Jay Jay Napalan
Maru is a key part of the Robot Japan team and the designer of ROBO-ONE champion humanoid robot King Kizer. Napaplan is a talented professional photographer, software developer, and an active member of the Aldebaran NAO Robot Developers Program.
Mech Wars HardCore is the only humanoid and multi-legged robot event at RoboGames where the builders are allowed to equip their robots with weapons of mass destruction, including deadly arms like rockets, flame throwers, and other life threatening tools.
This year three builders showed up, and had the guts to actually put their robots in the cage. One from the US, one from Japan, and one from Mexico. It didn't take long to see how the battle would evolve.(more…)
The RoboGames 2012 results have been posted. As expected, the US won the most medals (92), which is natural given the home court advantage. Mexico placed second (22), followed by Korea in third (14). Japan captured fourth place with 6 Gold including Best of Show, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze metals.