Panasonic held a send-off party for Tomotaka Takahashi and his 20-odd crew that are going to attempt a new world record at the Lemans 24 hours race course in France, where the media was able to get some nice photos and video of the redesigned Evolta robot (and vehicle).
Evolta himself is about 17cm tall, with the vehicle about 30cm wide, 20cm high, and 20cm long and can travel at 1.3kph. Two DC motors powered by AA Evolta batteries spin the front wheels, while the passive wheel in the back causes Evolta’s legs to pedal by way of a pulley. They’re made of carbon fiber and plastic, which should be strong enough to survive the heat emanating from the race track (the circuit boards are considered relatively safe inside Evolta’s body). The race course is 4,185 m, which should provide plenty of room for Evolta’s challenge of lasting 24 hours, and should earn him another Guinness Book World Record for longest distance traveled by a remote controlled car. The race date is set for August 5th, 10am.
Apparently besides the challenges of going uphill and braking and turning while going downhill (which have been addressed in the final robot), insects come out at night which can stop Evolta in its tracks due to the small wheels. Takahashi-san even said that he had to sweep snails away during the testing phase. The biggest challenge of all is the weather, which is unpredictable compared to the batteries’ duration, he said.
Willis Russel, President of Guinness World Records Office Japan, also attended the press event. He commended Panasonic for its ambitious project, and said that if there were problems on the race course they would attempt the feat on a circular rail like the one in the photos (after the break).
[source: Impress Robot Watch]
An agricultural machinery repairman and artist known by locals as “Mr.Robot”, has been busy making sculptures out of junk parts for the past decade. He’s finally getting some critical attention, and no thanks to any formal arts education. Some of his 140 creations, which include objects of interest, robots, dinosaurs, and animals such as penguins, will be displayed for 22 days at the Gwangju City Art Museum Children’s Gallery, South Korea.
Since 2001, the machinery repair shop has been overflowing with useless parts that not only cluttered the shop making it difficult to work, but would ultimately end up in the trash heap. Rather than letting that happen, the talented and prolific Mr. Jubokdong (? 주복동 씨) decided he’d kill two birds with one stone, and try to fashion something useful out of them, even adding some new features in the process. Take for example his DVD robot:
140 sculptures in only ten years is an amazing accomplishment and they look to be highly detailed, colorful creations that seem right at home given South Korea’s stance on robots in recent years. Hopefully more photos of his work will surface following the gallery showing.
[Source: Asian Economy News]