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13th Itabashi Industry Fair Robot Contest

A robot contest sponsored by 4 robot companies (Technoroad Co., Asakusagiken, Pirkus, and MANOI Planning) took place November 21st, where 21 robots competed in a variety of events.  The rules stated that no sideways walking or squat-legged walking would be permitted, both common techniques in these competitions.  The knee angle had to be at least 90° at all times, which was quite a challenge given that even ROBO-ONE’s rules allow the knee to bend more than that when raising the foot.

The first leg of the competition was a foot race around a curvy track.  Saga, the little white robot known for suplexing his opponents, came in first place with 7 laps.  The top 8 competitors then moved on to the next phase, which was a fighting tournament using ROBO-ONE’s latest rules.  Gargoyle-Mini, which recently won ROBOFIGHT 10, came in first place winning 100,000 JPY ($1,100 USD).  50,000 JPY ($560 USD) went to Garoo in 2nd place, and 30,000 JPY ($340 USD) went to Saga in 3rd.

It seems to me that Saga’s design has legs with bent knees, but was still allowed to compete.  Perhaps there’s a loophole in the rules?  In any case, check out his winning run.  More videos including the battles that determined the winner can be found at the source link below.

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[source: Biped Robot News Japan (ENG)]

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