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.
’Robot Pro Wrestling Dekinnoka 10! Main Event’ continues
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:
Maru-san (King Kizer) rushing to catch the Shinkansen after the IREX 2011 ROBO-ONE event.
My work schedule has been unbelievably overloaded, but I'm finally catching up on all the photos and videos from the ROBO-ONE 19 weekend event. Here's the photo gallery for the second day of the competition:
Hammerhead - 2nd place at the ROBO-ONE 19 humanoid robot competition.
(Via ROBO-ONE OFFICIAL SITE.)
ROBO-ONE is much more than just battling robots. It's about fun, inspiration, creativity, family, sharing, and competing.