Very Nice bag! Awesome review Danny!
Putting her in a bag like this is oddly cute!
Heh heh, nice idea Danny!
I like this image here. XD
YOINK!!! Gonna use this pic for an inspirational reference... ^^
City scenery is good and all, but some nature would be great, I think.
Wow I am truly impressed and very inspired. :) I love all that you said in the end and I plan to do things to take charge and exit this comfort level I'm in. You are AWESOME!
Unfortunately, HRP-4C Miim project has been closed.
It's very hard for the government project to keep developing such a girl robot after Fukushima disaster.
So, now they focus on the real work.
Real life size robot is very difficult to keep the position anyhow, so, the researchers are using a big metal frame and Hoisting tools to keep the robot still standing when the power is off.
120cm size robot like ASIMO, pepper and Smart Doll Plus is rather easier to handle, however, still very dangerous when they fall down.
Heavy weight can cause more damage to servo gears than 1/3.
I have Robi (34cm, 1kg) on my desk, but still there's a risk to break the gears when he falls down. (Robi has a daisy chain servo system with rotation angle feed back, but no stabilising algorithm i.e. 3 axis gyro sensors on the PC board are not used. He changes his postures by just programed still data all the time, so he falls down very easily.)
I was able to see that Rosen Gepetto vid, and that linked to a few others that he posted
... he has the upper body movements to a point where they are pretty nice
... in all the vids I watched the feet movements are the problem ... the dolls do not move their feet very much, and do not appear to lift their feet off the floor
... in one vid it looked like he had put some sort of soft cushion-like material on the bottom of their shoes that would allow the doll movement to flex a bit more since the cushioning material would "give" in the direction the flex was being done
I was not trying to say that Marika was a 1960's toy ... just that her walking movement looked like that
sadly I am not able to read Japanese ... so I was not able to understand the link you sent me about the technical details for Marika, and the link about the stability control system ...... sorry
it IS getting interesting, to see what is being done with making doll size robots ... and it will be very interesting to see what finally makes it on to the market as a commercially available doll/robot
Sumitomo injection machine多色整形機
This caught my eye at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco today...
Good for you bud, congrats on your success.
I am soooo waiting for Chitose to be made into a SmartDoll! <3 I really love her lab coat outfit too. =)
Are there any official retailers or places where we can buy Mirai in Tokyo (or elsewhere in Japan?). Shipping/customs to the UK seems to be fairly high from what other collectors have said, so I was hoping I could find somewhere that sells her when I next visit Japan ^_^;
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Hi Danny, I'm your website follower sice years ago!! You are great!
Regards from Spain!
PD: When will we see Tokyo Trooper again ? :D
For Walking stability of small robot, please refer to the following link.
This robustness of control system might be the best for this size...
Rosen Gepetto is still trying to make smaller feet, but it needs more sophisticated contorol system like above.
Marika is dragging more in that sense.
Oh ok thx
>I was not able to view the "Dancing doll by Rosen Gepetto" video...
Probably, due to full HD playability.
Try this one below, this is very older video like 4 years ago.
Now she has thinner legs than this.
Regarding Marika, her legs have 12-degree-of-freedom control with RC servo and PIC program.
So, she is not such a 1960's toy...
More technical details,
Mr. Choo, how does one purchase a doll? Planning to get one for my daughter. I'm based in the Philippines.
@delicious_kai Mirai wasn't in an anime. o-o; If I'm not mistaken. "... Mirai Suenaga skipped the anime and went directly to live action in the drama..."
@victoria_matraire It's Mirai Suenaga.
I disagree with you about Marika walking ... after carefull watching the video clip ... I could see that she uses the "wobble" style of locomotion that small wind-up toys have used, at least wind-up toys sold in America as far back as the 1960's (I remember seeing toys like that when I was a child, yes I was a child back in the 1950's and 60's) ... that style of locomotion requires oversized feet, which Marika has, her shoes are way out of proportion for her body size, and looking closely at her legs as she was "walking", her legs appeared to be locked into a bent knee position so that it would sort of look like she was walking
... I do agree with you that it is a very impressive achievement considering it was done by an ordinary person as a hobby :-)
I was not able to view the "Dancing doll by Rosen Gepetto" video as it wanted a video player I do not want to download onto my computer
I saw a vid of the SE-01 doll
and that was interesting ... as for her "dancing" ... Miim was doing better than that in a vid I saw a couple of years ago ... the SE-01 was able to spread her legs and then bring them back together again by sliding her oversized feet on the surface she was on ... her other movements were very similar to what Danny showed in an early vid of the 60cm robotic smart doll he was working on ... (and Marika's arm and body movements were also similar)
Both the SE-01 and Marika used over-sized feet ... this allows the developer/maker to avoid having to use sophisticated tech for maintaining balance ... which is why the toy bots like the Palmi you posted a link for, are so popular ... and so much easier to make in a cost range that consumers will be willing to pay for
... and I suspect why Fuji Soft has not made a doll version of their Palmi bot
Using an obvious "robot" body structure like Palmi does ... allows the producer to keep costs low by not having to worry about the same size and shape constraints for servo mechanisms that you have to take into consideration when you design a human shaped doll robot ... and it allows the producer to use oversized feet for the bot ... instead of more expensive tech to keep the doll stabilized and upright
Danny had gotten as far as the arm, head, and body movements for his 60cm design ... but I suspect he hit a brick wall cost wise when he tried to come up with a way for her to be able to walk ... at least if he wanted her to be able to walk in a way that at least looked a little bit like a human
... the cost of getting tiny servo's custom built was prohibitive
Hopefully, with his new choice, a 120cm design ... will help him get the design done and be able to keep it in a price range that us ordinary people can afford
I want to see if the information I got from the Marike vid is correct about her A.I. software ... I want to look at it closer before I comment on it
How much you sell the doll???
Marika walks and alreasy has AI and speech function to answer by reading Internat information.
To be surprised, an ordinary Japanese lady made Marika as jsut her hobby.
Palmi by DMM.make ROBOTS
Palmi is a consumer model from Fuji Soft, and has more AI functions like a face recognition.
Unfortunately, he or she? looks like just a classical ROBOT.
So, let Fuji Soft make a doll versiom!
This close up is really nicely taken...
Hey, I have a Mirai smart doll and I was a bit confused about purchasing other clothes for her ^^. I would be happy to buy clothes for Mirai. I just need to clarify how to :). Thanks!
thanks for sharing your very inspiring journey
was really enlightened while reading the revenge portion, recently I was really blinded by revenge and was planning my work life around it. Guess its my good luck to suddenly have the urge for some blog reading, i'll focus on my goals and outshine the bunch of backstabbers from now on :)
p/s, when is the ETA for smart doll Eiji?
it must b very late....the road is empty
Danny has not said anything about what this version is supposed to be able to do
I have asked ... as have others ... but Danny hasnt said anything in reply to those questions
no ... it was getting too expensive to do that ... that was the first thing he had tried ... he was going to make a robotic version of the 60cm bjd he has been selling ... but it was getting too expensive to make a robotic version that size, which is why he went to the size he is working with now
Antihistamines on the ready?
Dogs because I bond faster with them. Dogs are closer to humans in tgat sense while cats don't care. They're both great but if I want to feel like I have a friend that cares about me then dogs are the way to go!!!!!
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it's kind of doll? what is or his? what is his name? @dannychoo
I love love love your IG...it's making me miss Japan so much! I'm coming back over at the end of the year & was wondering if you might be able to recommend any info on how I could organise to stay with a host family & experience authentic Japan for a week or two?! Thanks Danny
Jakarta Indonesia please
everyday life in Japan
I have been an anime/manga fanboy since the days of Starblazers and Battle of the Planets.
The first time I visited Japan, in 2006, I took the NEX from Narita to Tokyo. I was only staying in Tokyo for three days before going on to Korea for a week therefore I stored my large luggage at the airport for the weekend taking only a small bag of clothes, my camera bag and backpack in to town. I still got some dirty looks when I was on the train headed to my hotel.
For my second trip, which was just three weeks ago, I took the Limousine Bus to and from the airport. This time I was staying for a week and as I have yet to perfect/attempt the art of traveling light, I did not want to attempt hauling all my stuff via the trains. Additionally I figured since my flight was arriving later in the day (after 5pm) I figured the roads would be clear-ish once I was actually leaving the airport. Fortunately I was right and the worst part about my trip on the bus was the little girl who wouldn't settle down. The nicest part about my trip on the bus, aside from getting dropped off right at my hotel, was that on this trip I got to play paparazzi as we were delayed at the New Otani b/c the Prime Minister was arriving for some shindig. Sadly the lighting was so bad that even with my stabilized telephoto lens I got complete crap photos. Oh well.
I preferred the scenery on the NEX however the convenience of the Limousine Bus was quite nice this trip. If I had to do it again I might try out the Skyliner.
As for getting to and from the airport in my neck of the woods (Houston, TX) I usually either drive and park my car at one of the lots (where I pay $3 or $4 a day) or have a private car pick me up (about $40 and then I throw in a pretty hefty tip of $10 to $20). Our public transit company, METRO, has started an Airport Express service from the main METRO depot in downtown Houston for $15 each way. I have yet to try this out and would only really recommend it if you were staying in downtown.
Just bought my plane ticket this weekend and am headed to Tokyo on 4/20 and departing on 4/26. Still working out the other details but I sincerely hope to be able to meet up with Danny while I am in town.
Does it require a bit of time to figure out how to get around Tokyo? The first time I went I spent some time on the Tokyo Metro website (http://www.tokyometro.jp/global/en/index.html) and was able to plot my course around Tokyo pretty quickly and I was staying out in Monzen-Nakacho. Actually now that I think about it the part of the site you want is the Tokyo Transfer Guide (http://www.tokyo-subway.net/english/). I found this to be a FANTASTIC resource particularly since I had never really used public transportation to any significant extent before I visited Tokyo.
I am going to Tokyo in a few weeks (from April 20th through the 25th) and if I end up making it to Akiba I am more than willing to pick up this figure for you and then ship it to you once I am home in TX. Do you have an idea of how much the figure should cost? I do not want any money up front, just wondering what I should expect to pay.
So they have a moElectronics manga but no eroGenetics? This saddens me somehow.
Companies cracking down on copyright/trademark infringement tends to be more draconian in the EU than it is in the States due to Europe's better protections for creators. The most famous example of this in fandom is the Warhammer 40K fanfilm 'Damnatus' which you can read about here: http://www.cpaglobal.com/ip-review-online/2822/german_law_smites_warhammer_40000_fan_film
The reason copyright/trademark holders tend to over protect their copyrights/trademarks is that if they do not protect them when they become aware of the potential litigation then they can potentially lose control of the material. An excellent example of this is the Conan Properties Inc v. Conans Pizza Inc in which the jury found that Conans Pizza did infringe on the Conan the Barbarian trademark owned by Conan Properties Inc however due to the fact that Conan Properties Inc was aware of Conans Pizza for approx. 5 years before they sought to assert their legal rights over the Conan name and imagery they were not entitled to any damages.
In the early days of the web Paramount went through a phase where they served every website using Star Trek iconography with cease and desist letters in an effort to protect their very valuable trademarks and copyrights related to the Star Trek franchise. The fan backlash was so great that Paramount relented.
Copyright and trademark are very messy areas of law both here in the U.S. and internationally however my take on the issue is that as long as a cosplayer is not making money off of a specific character then there is no real incentive for the company to crack down on that person. This does not mean that the company will not seek to enforce its rights in arenas where money is being made, such as YouTube, deviantart, and books such as Otacool.
IMHO copmanies have no reason, nor the will, to attempt to stop individuals from cosplaying their charaters and sharing their love of these characters with others however they do have a duty to properly protect their property.
I don't see them too often here in Houston however I have noticed an increase in their usage over this winter, particularly when I am on the train.
Of course all this does is make me want to get back to Japan!
I honestly can't remember how I found DannyChoo.com. I had seen one or two of the stormtrooper videos before I started frequenting DCDC however I vaguely recall finding the site via PolyvinylCrush.com, but I could juet be making that up.
My favorite posts are the Day/Week/Some-Period-of-Time in Japan/Tokyo. They remind me of the all too brief time I spent in Tokyo and make me want to go back. Another thing I really enjoy is the behind the scenes posts about the work you guys are doing and the people you are working with. Honestly I enjoy every thing I read here and wouldn't change a thing.
Wow! I love the picture, very well done!
I spend either $4.75 or $6.00 depending on what salad I decide to eat for lunch. Of course this is when I am at the office, when I am off on my own it varies greatly! I have dropped $75 on lunch before but most of the time when not at the office I have something I prepared at home, leftovers, a sandwich, something.
Nice shots! I like the GF1's portability and whatnot but I REALLY love my Canon 20D and should spend any additional photography money on a couple of lenses and, eventually, a newer body and underwater housing.
Having said that the GF1 is a tempting little toy!
I don't know if it is international but for iPhone owners in the U.S. there is an app you can download called Yowza! which gives you access to digital coupons. As I understand it the neat thing about the app is that it interfaces with the GPS in the phone to narrow the selection of coupons to those business' which are in your immediate vicinity.
Beyond that I second Kamui's suggestion as those are about the only coupons I use.
Go see Star Trek! It is an excellent science fiction action flick as well as being an excellent reset for the franchise.
As for annoying people in theaters, I am a big guy and have perfected the art of the obvious stink-eye. I have only had one incident where this did not work and when I asked the gentleman to be quiet he got angry with me and lectured me about rudeness. Shenanigans ensued.