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CEATEC Japan 2009: Robot Round-Up

CEATEC JAPAN 2009 began October 6th and runs through the 10th, and among the highlights are some robot demonstrations from AIST, Nissan, and Murata Manufacturing.

CEATEC09-HRP4CAIST brought along their HRP-4C humanoid robot cosplaying as vocaloid Hatsune Miku and, appropriately, she sang a number of songs using the software. Unfortunately her movements were limited to simple head bobs instead of a full-body dance routine to go with the music, but her lips were synched as well as can be expected.

Vocaloid software is a voice synthesizer developed by Yamaha and Crypton Future Media based on a real person’s voice that allows users to create relatively realistic-sounding singing voices by arranging phonetic keys on a music sheet. The most popular mascot for the vocaloid software is undoubtedly Hatsune Miku, who is often seen dancing while holding a leek. More photos of H(atsune Miku)RP-4C at Impress Robot Watch.

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Nissan made good on their promise to showcase their Eporo “robot cars” and presented a simple demonstration where the cute little guys went round and round a doughnut, avoiding the rather sad looking stationary Eporo placed in the middle of the road like a stalled car.  The robots take their shape from wish-granting Japanese Daruma dolls (aka Dharma dolls) which have no arms or legs. The demo looked a tad boring but the Eporos’ dazzling LED necklace and cute appearance more than made up for it.

[source: Impress Robot Watch (JP)]

<p style=”text-align: justify;”><a href=”http://www.plasticpals.com/http://www.plasticpals.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/10/CEATEC09-Murata.jpg”><img class=”alignleft” style=”border: 2px dotted #0189bc;” title=”CEATEC09-Murata” src=”http://www.plasticpals.com/http://www.plasticpals.com/wp-content/uploads//2009/10/CEATEC09-Murata.jpg” alt=”CEATEC09-Murata” width=”194″ height=”139″ /></a>Murata Manufacturing also gave a demonstration of their new and improved Murata Girl for 2009 that was able to balance on a 2cm wide beam as well as turn circles on her unicycle.  Murata Boy took a decidedly less active role this year but could be seen cycling around the stage as well.  Attendees were lucky enough to get an SD Murata Girl keychain as a souvenir.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>[source: <a title="Impress Robot Watch" href="http://robot.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20091006_319878.html" target="_blank">Impress Robot Watch (JP)</a>] &amp; [<a title="Murata Girl PR" href="http://www.murata.co.jp/new/news_release/2009/0926/index.html" target="_blank">Murata Girl '09 Press Release</a>]</p>

CEATEC09-MurataMurata Manufacturing also gave a demonstration of their new and improved Murata Girl for 2009 that was able to balance on a 2cm wide beam as well as turn circles on her unicycle. Murata Boy took a decidedly less active role this year but could be seen cycling around the stage as well. Attendees were lucky enough to get an SD Murata Girl keychain as a souvenir.

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[source: Impress Robot Watch (JP)] & [Murata Girl '09 Press Release]

Finally, reps from Hakodate (a city located in Hokkaidō) brought out some alien squid robots as part of their ongoing efforts to convince tourists to make the trek to Northern Japan.  Hakodate has previously put out some entertaining commercials featuring alien squids battling giant robots in an effort to get some attention for their city.  I’m fairly unconvinced a city that needs to invent outlandish alien invasions to garner attention is much of a vacation destination, but I will give them props for their imagination.

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[source: Pink Tentacle]

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