Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! – Nagare Gold vs. Thunderbolt (Video)

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It isn't an accident that Nagare Gold bears a distinct resemblance to Godzilla in robot form. In fact, it even roars like Godzilla. But Thunderbolt, the latest creation of ROBO-ONE humanoid robot designer Yoshihiro Shibata, doesn't get intimidated easily. And, he's got a few tricks up his sleeve - or, more accurately, mounted on the top of his head. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but you would be well advised to watch the video of their Robot Pro Wrestling match below very closely around the 5:50 mark.

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Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! Main Event

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As I mentioned before, Christmas Day for me here in Japan involved one of the most over-the-top robot events in the world, Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10!

The competition is pure robot entertainment, a robotized version of professional wrestling that includes all of the fun, excitement, thrills, and laughs of its human counterpart. The major difference is that no blood is spilled and no brains are scrambled.

Luckily, I had a ringside seat for the Main Event, pitting MONSTER against SAAGA, and am able to share the video with you below.

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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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ROBO-ONE 19 – Final Match (Video)

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I just got back from a fantastic two days at the ROBO-ONE 19 competition in Kawasaki. There are so many exciting and interesting stories, images, and videos to share that it will take a few days just to sort them out. In the meantime, I've inserted the video of the Final Match for the championship below.

The match pitted Garoo against Hammerhead. I'm not going to spoil it by telling you who won. You'll have to watch the video and figure it out. I will say that the story leading up to the match is even more interesting. It has something to do with the fact that if you look closely during the video you'll see that Garoo has one red knee and one green knee. I'll post all the gory details soon.

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