Had a great time this afternoon meeting Ishiwatari-san and Rapiro - his Raspberry Pi based humanoid robot.
It seems like suddenly we have a competition going on to see who can produce the most life-like humanoid robot walking routines.
Here's the latest entry into the fray from Ikaziso using the V-Sido system:
It is pretty realistic, though it does tend to resemble a fashion model strutting her stuff down the runway at times. In any case, I totally appreciate and applaud their efforts and their willingness to share the results with us via YouTube. Hopefully they will share more of the underlying secrets as well.
Dr. Guero, famous for his bicycling robot, has fine-tuned/hacked a Kondo KHR-3HV humanoid robot to walk with a gait that is so close to an actual human being that it's spooky.
Knowledgeable robot developers will immediately notice some of Dr. Guero's changes, including the surprisingly small footprint. It appears that he has been able to achieve smooth walking, even on a smooth slippery floor, using feet that are essentially small aluminium brackets rather than the larger stock feet supplied by Kondo.
So far the only data available is included in the description field of the video he uploaded to YouTube a few hours ago. Hopefully he'll share more details on his website, or in a future RoboCon magazine issue.
The first set of photos from RoboGames 2013 has been uploaded. I have a lot more to process...
Unfortunately the Attacknid battling robot toys aren't available in Japan - at least not yet. Hopefully I'll be able to find some during my April trip to the U.S. for RoboGames 2013.
An active group of ROBO-ONE robot builders staged a great parody event on January 14, 2013 here in Tokyo, poking fun, and paying homage, to the preeminent humanoid robot competition worldwide.
More than anything else, their primary objective as to have fun and enjoy robotics with anyone, and everyone, connected with the sport.
Here's the photoset from last Monday's competition: