If the cool comitee is truly dedicated in the spread of their belief then they must bring with them an example of their hobby.
It is in my belief that you and a select few of you there truly are doing something for japan's future.
I agree with you
like having your own loli!
Oha evet @rmysa1511
I found another doll robot in Japan.
Somari by Omegado
Cherry blossoms are always so beautiful. Some of our trees are in blossom here in the Rocky Mountians and others have yet to blossom. It's not so intense since they don't always blossom at once, but at least it lasts a bit longer.
Yeah I too think New Years would be much,much more peaceful to celebrate in Japan.Kuala Lumpur gets really rowdy at those times and many folks just prefer to sit at home and watch the fireworks from afar.I hear things are better at Putrajaya and the fireworks are always cool to see there :D
Sebastian Michaelis or Kaneki Ken
That is a bit sad that Miim was shut down ... though it might be more that they had gone as far with her as was practical with that design.
I noticed in the HRP-4 link you provided, that robot had functional hands ... which Miim did not have ... and I can see where that would be a major upgrade to a design because of everything that would be involved.
We might see a new project like Miim starting up ... a "next generation" model maybe ... because the Japanese government is getting into the picture and wants to put more money and focus on humanoid robotics projects:
from the Japan Times newspaper
"Japan’s robotics revolution gets a reboot as nation aims to regain lead in ¥3.4 trillion industry"
I can see what you are saying about the "focus on the real work" ... yes they want to push ahead in those areas ... as those will be serious "worker" bots that will be able to function at least close to the way humans do in some jobs ... but we might also see a more human looking bot project because in other articles in the Japan Times there is also a need for humanoid bots to do jobs such as working with the elderly ... where a more human looking bot would be preferable to one that looked more "mechanical"
I understand what you are saying about full sized bots being difficult to keep balanced, and the possible danger/damage that can happen if they fall over ... with as easy as it is for us humans to fall down ... I can easilty understand the difficulty of developing a really robust stabilization system for full sized bots
... yeah ... at 120cm a bot that sized wont damage as much if it does fall over ... Danny listed the weight as 16.5kg for his Smart Doll Plus ... I can guess that her weight will probably go up to between 20-25kg once all the components are installed ... which would be easy for a human to lift back up if she fall down, and not as much risk of damaging either herself or anything else.
That I remember, Miim's weight was listed at 45kg ... which is about comparable to a human of the same size.
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
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 ^_^;
WOOO LOLI YUSSSHHH
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?
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it's kind of doll? what is or his? what is his name? @dannychoo
Reminds me of a scene from Initial D
mirai is the best
Occasional blogger, photographer studant and in love with bishoujo figures.
I got to know about this place a few weeks back when a saw a photoshoot of Asuka nearby. So awesome!
Great post Danny! It's been a while since I commented here but every since I followed you, you've been a great inspiration. Keep up with the good work. =D
THE IDOLMASTER 2 ~ First Limited Special Box
Who wouldn't love to spend the whole year surrounded with cute Idols?
Not amused at all.
That's a very (VERY) happy Madoka!
This cat thing kinda scares me. o.o
I love our car this much! XD
Kipi is always so cute that hurts!
Definitely on my list, the figma one looks nice but the scale one is my favorite.
Gah! Forgot to add the totals.
Total = $98.95
And good luck to everyone.
Evangelion Overhead Headphone -- Nerv Type $52.00
Need an amazing headphone to help me focus during work.
Headphones Catalogue & Guide book ~ Shin Moeru Headphone Dokuhon $28.00
Did I mentioned that I've a weak point for girls with headphones?
Japanese T-Shirt - Tsundere Tribute $18.95
This way I won't have to keep yelling I like tsundere.
Who is this guy anyways? XDDDD
Lovely, lovely tour. But I was expecting a video as well, makes the whole tour experience even more amazing.
Dead Master poster is gorgeous!
This music is lovely.
Saito-san: Did you ever imagined that your role as Senjougahara would make such a huge success?
Country of residence: Brazil
Phrase: DOMO! HARDGAY DESU!~ OKEYYYYYY~~~~
Question: What kind of super power would you like to have?
Nice photos, and can't wait to see the interview here.
So any chances you'll be coming to Brazil, Danny?
Now everything is clear, I for one was worried about all the photographers not being credited. I know that are some cases like a group of photographers take the pictures and credit only one is kinda hard.
But well, I'm glad to see that most of the drama regarding the licenses and everything was made up crystal clear in this post, and hope that everyone that was kinda worried (me included) can rest and chill out now.
Thanks for explaining everything Danny. (:
The red hair looks... very strange, maybe a more normal color or a different wig if it has to be red.
The one from MonHun is totally awesome!