Without disclosing any spoilers, the episode looks like it will be a tremendous amount of fun including a robot race featuring about 40 different robots as well as a Robotis Bioloid GP getting up close and personal with Suzi the most attractive and sexy host on the program.
No word on when the episode will hit the airwaves, though it will probably be broadcast fairly soon. The program isn't carried by any of the networks or cable channels over here, so we'll have to depend on the kindness of readers in the UK to share their observations and reports.
As much as we like Google and Android (we really do), we have to admit that Google wasn't the first to use "Honeycomb", and they weren't the first to associate it with a friendly and cute robot pal:
Living over here, I don't get the chance to catch many US TV commercials when they are first broadcast. That could be a blessing, but sometimes I miss out on a great ad. Thankfully Hendrik gave me a heads-up on this extremely well executed Logitech Harmony remote control featuring a retro-robot that most of us will immediately identify with:
And, while I was checking out the Harmony spot I also noticed this Logitech Kevin Bacon ad:
Full disclosure: I don't have any relationship with Logitech, other than owning and using a few of their products. I am, however, a big Kevin Bacon fan….
It started off with one robot builder, Atamo, who was addicted to both the humanoid robot competitions and Japanese pro wrestling. In the beginning, he designed his robot to look like a pro wrestler, and to grab more of the competition judges, and audience, attention he dressed up in a matching wrestler costume. Needless to say, it was a huge hit and generated tremendous enthusiasm, even if though he didn't win the championship.
Other builders wanted to play too, and impromptu matches started to take place every time they could manage to get together. It wasn't long before Atamo attracted the attention of enough builders to start staging regular Dekinnoka! events. The first competition was a little ad hoc, just a bunch of enthusiastic energetic robots builders having a lot of fun. But, as the saying goes, enthusiasm is contagious. The Dekinnoka movement quickly caught fire. The number of participants, professionalism, production quality, and energy has increased to the point that Dekinnoka is becoming a strong rival for other robot competitions like ROBO-ONE.
Yesterday, Dekinnoka 6! Robot Pro-Wrestling was staged at the Kondo RoboSpot facility in Akihabara. This particular competition, part of the robot pro-wrestling world tryout initiative, was limited to humanoid robots utilizing Kondo servos and components. Normally, the competitions are open to robots based on any manufacturers hardware.
The event was broadcast real-time using Ustream, and has been archived so that you can go back and watch the whole event. But for readers that don't have the hours to spend, here is the promotional video, followed by the video stream of matches #4 and #5:
Dekinnoka 6! Match 4 & 5
I really like the way that they inserted short videos introducing the background and interests of each of the competitors it gives a feel for what they do in their daily work life, why they're interested in robotics, how long they've been involved, why they're so excited about robot pro-wrestling, and a lot of other interesting background. And, of course, it's a great opportunity for competitors to promote their company is or their own personal products and services to the audience including the other builders.
The 7th Dekinnoka! robot pro-wrestling competition is scheduled for November 3, which is a Japanese holiday, in Saitama, just north of Tokyo.
What's next? We got to believe that the Dekinnoka robot pro-wrestling movement is going global! This is exactly the type of event that would have tremendous public and media appeal to audiences all over the world. It would take some organization, and some sponsorship, but Dekinnoka would be a killer event for RoboGames.
People all over the world are celebrating Christmas, and so far, at least as far as we’ve seen, the South Koreans are the hands down champions at celebrating a robot Christmas. If you’ve seen any robot Christmas video better than the RoboBuilder segment featured on Korean television (see video below), please let us know.
At the very beginning of of the video, you may think you’ve seen the RoboBuilder Christmas routine before, but stay tuned. There’s a lot of new robot dance material, and it gets totally hilarous about midway in the clip when the program guests try to emulate the robots moves.
Click, the BBC’s flagship technology program(me) has an interesting segment covering robot development here, and why the view of robotics is so different from Western Cultures. (Video here)