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Christmas and end of the year robot celebrations

Merry Christmas from Team Robo-Erectus:

• Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

developed & published by Konami / 2008.10.21
1 player / 3 save slots / Nintendo DS

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia is the third and final installment in the Castlevania series on the Nintendo DS, following Dawn of Sorrow (2005) and Portrait of Ruin (2006).  This time the secretive Order of Ecclesia, unconnected to the Belmont clan, is attempting to prevent Dracula’s centennial resurrection by collecting the fragments of his scattered soul.  These glyphs can only be controlled by Shanoa, a raven haired beauty who has sacrificed her memory to serve as an empty vessel for their power.  However, before Drac can be sealed, another member of the order named Albus runs away with the glyphs.  Shanoa will have to hunt him down before he is consumed by Dracula’s power.

• No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

developed by Grasshopper Manufacture / published by Ubisoft
1 player / Nintendo Wii / 2010.01.26

Travis Touchdown returns to the seedy town of Santa Destroy after his friend, the owner of a local video store, is brutally murdered. Little did he know that there would be a laundry list of twisted assassins itching for a chance to match swords with him. When he left three years earlier Travis was the top-ranked assassin in the United Assassins Association (UAA), but in his absence dropped all the way down to #51. He’ll have to climb his way back to the top on a mountain of corpses if he wants a shot at avenging his friend.

• The Last Story

developed by Mistwalker & AQ Interactive, published by Xseed Games
1 player with online multiplayer / Nintendo Wii / 2012.08.14

Fittingly, The Last Story is one of the last Wii titles to come out and one of the few role-playing games made for the console.  Designed and directed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, it’s a fairly traditional role-playing game but features some progressive ideas.

AILA teleoperated with CAPIO exoskeleton

Here’s a video showing AILA’s arms being teleoperated by an upper-body exoskeleton.


[source: DFKIvideo @ YouTube]

• ISAMARO Mark II, an online store dedicated to hobby robot kits, is taking orders for a new entry-level bipedal robot called ISAMARO Mark II.  The first version of the robot cost a hefty 340,000 JPY (approximately $4,200 USD), but they’ve managed to cut the cost in half (to 168,000 JPY / $2,070 USD) by swapping the Kondo-brand servos used in its 19 joints.  They originally went with more powerful servos (19 kg/cm torque), which were replaced by those with a maximum torque of 13 kg/cm.  The kit, which was designed for use in competitions, will ship this December.

  • ISAMARO MarkII Entry Set
  • Height: approx. 350 mm
  • Weight: approx. 1.9 kg
  • Degrees of freedom: 19
  • Actuator: KRS-4031HV (× 19)
  • Optional: wireless device
  • Battery: Lithium-polymer
  • Control board: RCB-4HV

Video (ISAMARO Mk. I):

[source: ISAMARO (JP) & Robotma (JP)] via [My Navi News (JP)]

HUBO dances, prepares for DARPA Challenge

Here’s a couple of videos of KAIST’s HUBO 2 dancing, first a smooth original creation followed by one based on PSY’s Gangnam Style.


HRP-4C Gets Immortalized As Action Figure

A figure model based on AIST’s female android is being manufactured by WAVE Corporation, a model company which previously sold kits based on Honda’s P2 and P3 humanoid robots.  The 1/12 scale model kit (14 cm tall) requires assembly, but the parts are already painted and feature easy snap-fit construction.  It is also fully posable, and comes with three heads for different expressions (“normal,” “surprised,” and “angry” ).  The kit won’t be shipped until February of next year, but it can be pre-ordered online at stores like Ami Ami and Hobby Link Japan for around $28 USD (not including shipping).

Hopefully this kit will prove popular enough for WAVE that they’ll make more based on the other HRP series robots.  I’d love to have them all! More photos follow after the break.