If you happen to be in the Yokohama area on Sunday afternoon (February 19th), drop by the Pacifico Yokohama convention center and catch some sumo robot action. This particular event, the 17th Japan Nationals for 10 kg (22 lbs) sumo robots, is sure to offer lots of heavy competition and excitement. The doors open at noon, and the contests are scheduled to finish up around 3:00 pm ? though they sometimes finish ahead of schedule. If you happen to notice a tall foreigner, with an obvious obsession with things robotic, taking photos please come up and say hello.
Mark Tilden and his elves did a wonderful job designing the Roboraptor as a ‘toy’ robot, one that’s a lot of fun, yet safe enough to let your 8 year old play with in the living room.
But come on! This is a RAPTOR! It should be ripping, tearing, and going for the throat! And, recent reports from Roboraptor hackers indicate that will be possible sooner than you think.
The official numbers for yesterday’s All Japan Robot Sumo Kanto regional competition included 129 autonomous robots and 156 that used remote controls for a total of 285 entries. For this preliminary event, all the competitors were high school age with 77 teams fielded by high schools in the Kanto area and 208 that were sponsored by other organizations including major companies like Hitachi, Casio, and IBM Japan.
There were over 270 entries, 8 sumo rings, hundreds of spectators, and unbelievable action - including one robot that actually caught fire and went up in smoke.
This was just one of the regional competitions building up to the All Japan event that will be held on December 23rd in Tokyo at the Kokugikan- the home of real Japanese Sumo.
This is just the first video out of all the videos and photos taken earlier today.
Concurrent with the CEATEC show at the Makuhari Messe Convention center, just to the East of Tokyo, the Kanto Regional Finals of the FSI-ALL Japan Robot-Sumo Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 8th. The competition is sponsored by the National Association of Principals of Technical Senior High Schools and FujiSoft ABC Inc. and is scheduled to take place in the Event Hall – no time is shown on the CEATEC website.