Aug 29, 2011

The 5th and 6th KONDO BATTLE took place at ROBOSPOT in Akihabara, Tokyo (Aug. 27, 2011)

The 5th and 6th KONDO BATTLE sponsored by KONDO KAGAKU CO., LTD took place on Aug 27, 2011 at ROBOSPOT in Akihabara, TOKYO.    The 5th KONDO BATTLE was carried out as Student Class and the 6th KONDO BATTLE was carried out as Open Class and Exhibition Class.   Exhibition Class could be joined who has the right to join the 19th ROBO-ONE in Kawasaki on Oct 8-9, 2011.   Winner of the Student Class and Open Class could get rights to join the 19th ROBO-ONE tournament.

The games were shown on `USTREAM KONDO-ROBOT Channel` from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (JST) and videos are keeping in the Channel.

The main regulation following the 19th ROBO-ONE was the weight of robot, which had to be 3 kg or under 3 kg.   Eighteen robots; Student Class 7, Open Class 8 and Exhibition Class 3, joined the competition.   Losers of Student Class and Open Class also joined the Exhibition Class tournament.

The winner of Student Class was Digakku custom-built by Akitsuka, Open Class was Chrom-Kid custom built by Kupapa, Exhibition Class was Garoo custom-built by Kumama.   Daigakku and Chrom-kid got the right to join the 19th ROBO-ONE tournament would be held on Oct. 8-9, 2011.

Results are described here.   All videos of the competition were uploaded to IKETOMU Channel. Interesting videos are as follows;

Student Class Semifinal: Hayabusa vs Tweast
The winner was Tweast.

Student Class Semifinal: Daigakku vs JOKER
The winner was Daigakku.

Student Class Final: Tweast vs Daigakku
The winner was Daigakku.

Open Class 1st Stage: Chrom-Kid vs Gattender
The winner was Chrom-Kid.

Open Class 1st Stage: Infinity vs DeKarle
The winner was DeKarle.

Open Class Semifinal: Chrom-Kid vs Cavalier
The winner was Chrom-Kid.

Open Class Semifinal: automo 05(GO-Wan) vs DeKarle
The parallel-linked leg of automo 05(GO-Wan) was a new type of Mercury for the highest torque (67kg・cm) KONDO servo, KRS-6003HV.
The winner was automo 05(GO-Wan)

Open Class Final: Chrom-Kid vs automo 05(Go-Wan)
The winner was Chrom-Kid.

Exhibition Class 1st Stage: Garoo vs α NEXT
The winner was Garoo.

Exhibition Class 1st Stage: Frosty vs Gattender
Frosty, well known as a back flip robot, moved by jumping. The winner was Frosty.

Exhibition Class 1st Stage: BLACK TIGER NEO vs Core α
BLACK TIGER NEO was autonomous and Core α was radio controlled. The winner was Core α.

Exhibition Class 2nd Stage: Garoo vs Gattender
A big robot, Gattender with parallel-liked legs, used the highest torue servo, KRS-6003HV for all axes.
The winner was Garoo.

Exhibition Class Semifinal: Garoo vs Core α
The winner was Garoo.

Exhibition Class Semifinal: Frosty vs JOKER
The winner was Frosty.

Exhibition Class Final: Garoo vs Frosty
The winner was Garoo.

Winners Final Rumble Fight: Exhibition Class winner Garoo, Open Class winner Chrom-Kid and Student Class winner Daigakku
The winner was Garoo.

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Aug 28, 2011

Two New Multi-Legged Robots, Turtle Robot 02 and KMR-P4 Using a New KONDO Servo, KRS-2542SHV Will Be Put on the Market. (Aug. 27, 2011)

KONDO KAGAKU Co. LTD. announced two new multi-legged robots, Turtle Robot 02 and 4-Legged Robot KMR-P4, which used a new KONDO servo, KRS-2542HV as leg servo at ROBOSPOT during the 5th and 6th KONDO BATTLE on Aug. 27, 2011. The shipment is scheduled in September.

Details of the New Products were opened on Sept. 16, 2011. Shipment of the products was postponed until the middle of October.

Turtle Robot 02 succeeds to Turtle Robot 01 which was put on the market on July 16, 2010.    The 02 uses new servo KRS-2542HV as leg servo and RCB-4HV as control board. RCB-4HV is well known as the standard control board of KHR-3HV.    Body structure of the 02 is almost the same as that of 01.

Specifications are as follows:
Servo: KRS-2542SHV ICS 3.5 x9
Control board: RCB-4HV
Flame: turtle model
Backpack set typeA
Battery:ROBO power cell HV C-type 10.8V-300mAh Ni-MH
Battery carger: AC100V
Parts: screws, cables, plastic parts
CD-ROM: manual, software, sample motions etc.
Weight: 700 g (including battery)
Price: 47,500 Yen (excluding tax)

Four-Legged Robot KMR-P4 uses also new servo KRS-2542HV and RCB-4HV as control board.    Leg parts and boby frame of KMR-P4 are the same as those of KMR-M6 which was put on the market in May, 2011.

Specifications are as follows:
Frame: Light weight aluminium alloy
Leg: Synthetic resin
Control board: RCB-4HV
Servo: KRS-2542HV ICS 3.5 ×8
Battery: ROBO power cell HV D-type 10.8V-800mAh Ni-MH
Battery carger: AC100V MX-201
Parts: screws, cables, plastic parts
CD-ROM: manual, software, sample motions etc.
Size: 182(H)×335(W)×223(D)
Weight: 700 g (including battery)
Price: 47,500 Yen (excluding tax)

The new servo KRS-2542HV uses plastic gear instead of metal gear which is used in KRS-2552HV.   The case size is the same as that of KRS-2552HV.   KRS-2552HV is known to the standard servo of KHR-3HV.    It is impotant point KRS-2542HV has a new ICS(Interactive Communication System)as ICS 3.5 which can be controlled by Serial and PWM mode.    On the other hand KRS-2552HV's ICS 3.0 can be controlled just by Serial mode.

Specifications are as follows:
Torque: 11 kg・cm
Speed: 0.12 sec/60°
Maximum moving angle: 270°
Length: 41(H) ×21(W) × 30.5(D) mm
ICS(Interactive Communication System): 3.5(Serial and PWM)
Control Board: RCB-4HV, RCB-3HV, KCB-1, Motion Processor 2HV
Attached Parts: Cable (300 mm), servo-horn is excluded
Price: One servo package is 5,500 yen, 10 servos packaged set is 44,000 yen (excluding tax)

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Aug 23, 2011

HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO, a big hobby robot event will take place in Shizuoka City on Sept. 3-4, 2011

HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO, the biggest hobby robot event in Japan will take place at Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center "GRANSHIP" in Shizuoka City on Sept. 3-4, 2011 during the 50th Japan SF Convention. The COLOSSEO is planned by Ishikawa-san who planned Wandahoo Robot Carnival.

Illustration of the COLOSSEO was designed by Minoru Kamiya, who is famous for manga such as Pla-Wres Sanshiro and Act-on and also known to designer of Weekly ROBO XERO. Kamiya-san also will join the COLOSSEO with his custom-built robot.

Most of hobby robot competitions related ROBO-ONE, will join the COLOSSEO. These robot competitions are held once or twice every year by hobbist groups in local region. Most of competitions started after KONDO humanoid robot kit, KHR-1 was on the market. And most of competitions join the organization of “JSRC”( Standard Regulation Class Network of Japan).   And most of competition also follows ROBO-ONE’s robot body regulation.  More than 70 robots will join the COLOSSEO.

All competitions in the COLOSSEO will be shown on ‘Ustream HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO’  by Ishikawa-san and Tobby-san.

Program for 2 days (JST) is as follows;

Sept.3, 2011
10:30 Opening
11:00 Naga-Ranger Fighting Festa(ROBOT Karuta)
12:15 Chiki-Chiki Robo-Match(Zigzag Log Bridge)
13:00 Sunrise Hero Robot Battle
13:45 Wandahoo Robot Carnival(Bottle Traction: Bottle Carrying Race)
14:30 HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO Battle Tournament
15:15 TIROL-CHOCO Robot Competition (CHOCO Getter)
16:00 Robot Survival Game (Extermination Battle and Flag Battle)
17:30 Himeji Robo-Challenge (Build up Himeji Castle)
18:00 YOKA ROBO (Blaser)

Sept.4, 2011
10:30 Himeji ROBO Challenge (Look for Balls by Autonomous)
11:00 Robot Survival Game (Fortress Battle)
12:15 YOKA ROBO (UK1 Battle)
13:45 Robot Pro-Wrestling Dekinnoka!
14:45 Ending

All competitions scheduled were shown on ‘Ustream HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO’ and videos were keeping in the channel. The COLOSSEO also was reported in robot builders blogs (the 1st day and 2nd day).  The details of the COLOSSEO were also reported in MYCOMJOURNAL blog with pictures (in Japanese).

Introdution of Each Robot Game of Group

Naga-Ranger Fighting Festa(ROBOT Karuta)
Nishiokitama Industry Association holds the Naga-Ranger Fighting Festa twice every year in Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture. In the competition, “ROBOT Karuta: Card Finding Game” is carried out for pairing the 1st stage fighting at first. Speaker reads a card which card marked by the first letter of the card content. When a card is read, robot owner finds the card and then makes his robot run to the card and put on the card. Then, the robot owner can select the position of the robot fight tournament. Video, taken on the 5th Nagaranger Fighting Festa is as follows;

Chiki-Chiki Robo-Match(Zigzag Log Bridge)
Chiki-Chiki Robo-Match sponsored by Robotoma, takes place every year and Chiki-Chiki-Robo-Match Mini also takes place every month. A new race is planned in every Chiki-Chiki-Robo-Match Mini. Zingzag Log Bridge took place at the 5th mini match. Robot runs 6 m tile-carpet, 30 cm width course set zinzag within 3 minutes. If robot goes down the course within 3 minutes, robot can try to run from start point.

Sunrise Hero Robot Battle
Sunrise Hero Robot Battle(S.H.R.B.) is a robot fight tournament sponsored by ROBO-ONE Entertainment Office and LOXLEY Co. Ltd. and also supported by SUNRISE Inc. which is famous for animation producing company such as `Gundum`. The first S.H.R.B was carried out in Kouriyama on Aug. 15th, 2009. As S.H.R.B. is not only robot fight tournament but also including `Costume Play` competition of the robot builder, builders are all enjoying their costume. The regulations are 1)Character of the robot is limited to those of cartoon characters produced by SUNRISE Inc. 2)Robot worked as a biped robot. 3)Pilot also had to have or put on the item concerning character of the robot. Video taken at the 2nd S.H.R.B. during INTERNATIONAL ROBOT EXHIBITION 2009 in TOKYO BIG SIGHT on Nov. 28th, 2009 is as follows;

Wandahoo Robot Carnival(Bottle Traction: Bottle Carrying Race)
Wandahoo Robot Carnival is sponsored by Ishikawa-san and supported by the members of Kanto ROBOT Practice(Kanto-gumi Robot Training Meeting). The Carnival is robot competition consisted with various four type games. Therefore, this Carnival is called `Robot Olympic`. The 1st Carnival took place on July 16, 2006 and then the Carnival held twice in January and July every year.

Bottle Traction :
Robot pushes or pulls a basket with 500 or 1000 ml bottles for 2 m within 1 minute. Points are multiplication of number of bottles and distance carried. Video taken at the 7th Carnival on July 19, 2009 is as follows;

TIROL-CHOCO Robot Competition (CHOCO Getter: TIROL-CHOCO Carrying Race)
The 1st TIROL-CHOCO Robot Competition sponsored by MASAYUKI-san, supported by RT Co., Ltd. and cooperated by TIROL-CHOCO CO., took place at RT Office in Akihabara, Tokyo on July 9, 2007. After that, the completion takes place every year. Regulations of robot body are 1) Robot has to put on big TIROL-CHOCO exterior, 2) Biped robot which number of servo for legs is under 4. Such type robots are known to Roppo type robot. Two arm-robots put on the 2 m course. Player removes TIROL-CHOCO from the basket of arm-robot to the basket on the robot. Each robot carries TIROL-CHOCO on the robot within 5 minutes for 2 m. The order is depended on the time and the number of TIROL-CHOCO carried. Video taken in the 4th competition on Feb. 13, 2010 is as follows;

Robot Survival Game(Extermination Battle, Flag Battle and Fortress Battle)
Robot Survival Game was planned by Tanaka-san and Bishii-san. Mobile, not only multi-legged robot or biped robot but also mobile with wheel or caterpillar with toy gun and hit sensor can join to play survival game. The 1st Robot Survival Game took place at Akihabara, Tokyo on July 19, 2010 and the game takes place every 2 months. Tanaka-san also planned several kind of survival game, such as Extermination Battle, Flag Battle and Fortress Battle. Videos taken at the 7th Robot survival Game on June 26, 2011 are as follows;

Extermination Battle (Destroy the enemy completely):
Each team fights to destroy the enemy completely within 3 minutes; Winner team is having larger number of survival robot after 3 minutes.

Flag Battle:
Each team builds fortress and set a flag in each territory. Each team fights to shoot down flag in the enemy territory. The winner is the team shot down the enemy flag within 3 minutes or the team which has larger number of survival robot after 3 minutes in the case of each flag does not shoot down within 3 minutes.

Fortress Battle (divide into offensive team and defensive team):
One team is just offensive and other team is just defensive. Just defensive team builds fortress and set a flag in it, and offensive team attacks the fortress and shoot down the flag. Attack team does not know enemy fortress structure.

ROBO-SOCCER is sponsored by NPO Hamamatsu Monodukuri Koubo. The 1st ROBO SOCCER took place on Dec. 5, 2009 and the 2nd one took place on July 24 in Shizuoka City. The robot body regulation and game rule are similar to those of KONDO CUP. Two remarkable differences from KONDO CUP are 4 robots play soccer on the joint-carpet field. Video was taken at ROBO SOCCER 2010.

Himeji Robo-Challenge (Build up Himeji Castle, Look for Balls by Autonomous)
The 1st Himeji Robo-Challenge took place on Dec. 11, 2005 in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. After then, the competition takes place twice every year.

Build up Himeji Castle:
Robot carries three kinds of cube or polyhedron on the 1.5 m wood board, 30 cm width by kicking, hitting or handling into the goal area within 2 minutes. Video taken at the 10th competition on July 18, 2010 is as follows;

Look for Balls by Autonomous:
Robot drops out 3 kinds of ball, big size (30 cm), middle size (20 cm) and small size (10 cm), set on the ring within 3 minutes autonomously. Video taken at the 5th competition on Dec 23, 2007 is as follows;

YOKA ROBO (Blaser Battle, UK1 Battle)
YOKA ROBO Matsuri(Festival) takes place twice every year by Kyushu Robot Training Group for the beginner of robot hobbyist in Fukuoka City. The 1st one took place as WAKUWAKU Enjoy Robot Competition on Apr 15, 2007.

Blaser Battle:
Biped robot survival game by Blaser system using laser beam gun which is developed by Craft House and also supported by Kyushu Robot Training Group. Video taken at the Blaser Battle ~FUKUOKA the 1st Stage~ on Apr. 20, 2008 is as follows;

UK1: Under 1 kg Battle:
Robots are classified into 3 class such as SRC (Standard Regulation) Class(Under 3 kg), ORC (Over Regulation) Class (Under 2 kg) and UK1 (Under 1 kg) Class in the YOKA ROBO Battle Tournament.
Video taken in YOKA ROBO Matsuri 20 on May 22, 2011 is as follows;

Robot Pro-Wrestling Dekinnoka!8
`Dekinnoka!` in Japanese, means `Can you do it?`. As Omata-san has been loving real professional wrestling, the 1st Robot Professional Wrestling in Soka on Nov. 3rd, 2008 was planned and held by him. He explains the 'Robot Professional Wrestling' is not 'Wrestling' but 'Fighting Arts'. The purpose of `Dekinnoka!` is not only robot fight but also to inform pleasure of robot. Press Coference Video of Dekinnoka!8 and Promotion Video of Robot Pro-Wrestling "Dekinnoka!" (Ver. 2011) are as follows;

ROBOT FORCE has been holding ROBO-Fight and ROBO-Gong, robot fight competitions for biped hobby robot since 2005. The 1st ROBO-Gong took place for KHR-1 user on Apr 3, 2005 and the 1st ROBO-Fight for custom robot builder on May 8, 2005. Each competition takes place twice every year. SWORD7, robot athletic competition took place on Apr 25, 2009 for the first time. Biped kit robots on the market can join the race. Robot goes through the course set with seven obstacles within 3 minutes. Video of Myanoi taken at HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO on Sep 3-4, 2011 was as follows;

RoboCountryIV: Robot Amusing Contest (Robot Performance Contest)
RoboCountryIV (RCⅣ) is the society of the biped robot builders mainly from Shikoku Island of Japan. The RCⅣ is the Robot competition which has been promoted by Kagawa Humanoid Robot Society "KHRS" . Their ultimate goal is to enlighten the youth of Kagawa with the brilliant technology of Robotics.The 1st RCⅣ took place in 2005 Aug and then RCⅣtakes place twice in summer and winter every year.
Robot Amusing Contest (Robot Performance Contest) : Presentation of robot ability. Each robot amuses the audience with its performance.

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Aug 16, 2011

Dekinnoka!8 Press Conference (Aug 13, 2011)

Dekinnoka!8 press conference was held by President Mr. Tamao (as Omata-san) of Dekinnoka! at Robotoma on Aug. 13, 2011.

Dekinnoka!8 will take place at HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO, the biggest hobby robot event in Japan which will be held at Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center "GRANSHIP" in Shizuoka City on Sept. 3-4, 2011 during the 50th Japan SF Convention. Dekinnoka!8 in the COLOSSEO will be shown on Ustream HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO’ by Ishikawa-san and Tobby-san.

Dekinnoka!8 took place at HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO on Sep. 4, 2011 and was shown on 'Ustream HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO'. Video of Dekinnoka!8 is also keeping in the HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO Channel.

Dekinnoka!8 will be held on Sep 4, as the final event of the HOBBY ROBOT COLOSSEO. The main event of Dekinnoka!8 is a single match:Thunderbolt vs Nagare-Gold. Thunderbolt custom-built by Shibata-san, got Gold Medal of the Androids:FreeStyle-original in RoboGames 2011. Nagare-Gold custom-built by KENTA-san, also got Gold Medal of the Androids: Kung-Fu-MiddleWt in RoboGames 2011. Thunderbolt and Nagare-Gold fought three times in Dekinnoka!5, 6 and 7. Thunderbolt could not win Nagare-Gold. Which robot will be winner?

`Dekinnoka!` in Japanese, means `Can you do it?`. As Omata-san has been loving real professional wrestling, the 1st Robot Professional Wrestling in Soka on Nov. 3rd, 2008 was planned and held by him. He explains the 'Robot Professional Wrestling' is not 'Wrestling' but 'Fighting Arts'. The purpose of `Dekinnoka!` is not only robot fight but also to inform pleasure of robot.

Omata-san also announced, Dekinnoka!9 would be held on Nov. 3 in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture and Dekinnoka!10 on Dec. 25, 2011 at Tsukiji Buddhist Hall, Tokyo.

Promotion Video of Robot Pro-Wrestling, "Dekinnoka!" (Ver. 2011) is as follows;

Omata-san carried out 8 times `Dekinnoka! as 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6 and 7` during 2 years. `Dekinnoka!` has been also supported by the members of Kanto-training-gumi (group).

Reports of `Dekinnoka!`, `Dekinnoka!2`, `Dekinnoka!3`, `Dekinnoka!5`, 'Dekinnoka!6'  and 'Dekinnoka!7' have been uploaded in this blog. Videos were also uploaded to the 'Dekinnoka Official Site` by Omata-san. You can watch the details of the Robot Professional Wrestling videos by clicking each 8 poster of `Deinnoka! 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 5,6 and 7`.

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