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Archive for July, 2009

Himeji Softworks announce JO-ZERO, STD-ZERO

Himeji Softworks unveiled two new hobby humanoid robot kits, which go on sale starting July 15th 2009.

Toyota’s Partner Robot program: the next 5 years

Souya Takagi outlines Toyota’s plans for their Partner Robots program for the next 5 years.

Crafthouse unveils “God Hand” for Melissa

Crafthouse unveiled God Hand – a small 5-fingered gripper extension kit for their Melissa hobby robot body – at Kondo’s 5th anniversary celebratory event, June 13th 2009.

• Evolta

Tomotaka Takahashi was approached by Panasonic to create a robotic mascot for their Evolta brand of batteries. The resulting robot was designed to climb a rope, and was tested on the Grand Canyon!

A New Chibi-Robo game is on its way!

A trailer was released giving us the first glimpse of a new Chibi-Robo game for the Nintendo DS.

• Mega Man 2

The world of 20XX is in peril, held hostage by the evil machinations of a madman, and only YOU can stop them. Mega Man 2 is available on the Wii’s virtual console. You should download it.

• Transformers

Oh dear, Michael Bay made a Transformers movie. Can we assume it’s a crapshoot, or is there more than meets the eye?

Evolta’s next challenge announced: Le Mans 24hrs

On June 12th 2009 Panasonic officially announced that their Evolta robot, powered by 2 AA batteries, would attempt a new world record at Le Mans 24 hours in France.