[VIDEO] University of Tokyo Biped Robot Races Toward the Singularity at Record Speed

From JapanJun Hongo reports: A research team at the University of Tokyo has unveiled one of the fastest two-legged robots in the world that can reach speeds up to 4.2 kilometers per hour (2.6 mph).

While many robots are controlled using what is known as “zero moment point” dynamics to balance itself, the new robot uses a combination of a high speed camera and a stabilizing motor so that it can lean forward without tipping over, enabling it to run in a dynamic form, according to Prof. Masatoshi Ishikawa. The robot can even perform a somersault. Read the rest of this entry »


Z-Machines and Walking Paper-Bot

Z-Machines, a robot rock band, headlined the fair with several concerts each day.

Z-Machines, a robot rock band, headlined the fair with several concerts each day.

By all accounts Maker Faire Tokyo was a big success. Ian Lesnet of Dangerous Prototypes was there.

Mechanical Paper Model that actually walks. Even the gears are made from paper.

Mechanical Paper Model that actually walks. Even the gears are made from paper.

Ian and his crew took some great photos of the fair. Have a look at the sights and commentary from Ian below and check out all Dangerous Prototype’s coverage here.

Maker Faire Tokyo in Pictures – MAKE