16 years ago
posters believed the Robo-One robots were mere remote-controlled stock
kits with little of interest to offer...
This is a humanoid robot, built (not from a kit!) and programmed by high
school students in Japan, that can do repeated "rabbit hops" while
turning in midair and maintaining its balance as it lands.
It's very impressive, in my opinion. These Robo-One competitions not
only inspire students, but I think a good argument can be made that
they're actually driving progress in small humanoid robotics.
They're also wildly popular, and growing more so every year -- a trend
that has started to catch on here in the U.S. My prediction is that in
a few years, Robo-One competitions will dwarf all other robot
competitions in the U.S. as well, and all the cool kids will be trying
to compete. :)