Unlike in RoboCup where the robots are fully autonomous, hobbyists are playing robo-soccer the old-fashioned way in Japan by taking direct control. However, programming different motion routines that work for one-on-one fights AND those for soccer matches is a time-consuming and difficult process. Crafthouse, the purveyors of fine bipedal hobby humanoid kits and add-ons, is now selling a motion data pack specifically designed for playing soccer! It works with the standard Kondo KHR-3HV set-up with 17 degrees of freedom, and is priced at 3,000 JPY (around $30 USD), which is not a bad price considering the number of hours it would take to design them yourself!
Sure, it may take some of the fun out of it for some people, but for others it will mean easy access to fine-tuned motions that may be too difficult to program on their own. Perhaps we’ll see even more soccer matches in the future with motion data packs like this one available!
And in case you’re not happy with the KHR-3HV’s standard legs, perhaps you’d like to see the Crafthouse “Achilles” in action. The new stilts will set you back 21,000 JPY ($236 USD) and can be ordered through the Crafthouse Rakuten shop here, though like most Japanese websites you’ll probably need to use a deputy service if you live outside Japan.