Robot Sumo Wrestling for the Budget Minded (VIDEO)
Hello!MiP Enters the Ring
Last April we reported on Takara Tomy's latest addition to their robo-toy lineup, the OMNIBOT series. The series includes the cumbersomely named Hello!MiP (seen here), which incorporates balancing technology that until recently wasn't available outside of a Segway, and the doggy-shaped Hello!Zoomer.
Seriously, only Japanese companies can get away with giving their products names that actually discourage customers from remembering them.
The OMNIBOTs hit the market about 10 days ago, and either Takara Tomy or a fan put this little video together. We do love the poor man's robosumo: the rope, cardboard boxes, and little pieces of white tape - not to mention the poppin' soundtrack and robo-grunting. Done on a budget, to be sure, but well done!
As the video's lone commenter pointed out, it would indeed be fun to put Takara Tomy's Battroborg in the ring, too.
Pseudo-Sumo Wrestling Aside...
As editor Yoriko reported in April:
Hello!Mip is a two-wheeled robot controlled with human hand gestures. You can control the robot without touching it - called Control Mode.
There are other modes through which you can enjoy the robot as well, such as Dance Mode that allows it to dance playing music from the speaker on its chest, Free Travel Mode that makes it possible for it to avoid obstacles on its own when running, and Learning Mode that enables it to memorize a maximum of 50 instructions. You can also let it hold something in its hands. It can recognize the weight of the object and maintain its balance well - Balance Mode.
Hello!MiP features Bluetooth network so that you can control it with any iPhone/iPad or Android device that has the dedicated application installed.
- Price: About ¥15,000
- Size: 130 x 190 x 70mm
- Weight: 530g without cells
- Battery life: 1 hour with 4 size AAA alkaline batteries
- Colors: Black, White
Wowwee Under the Hood
An astute reader, after watching Takara Tomy's original promo video, pointed out that the Hello!MiP robots are actually not made by Takara Tomy, but by Hong Kong-based Wowwee (think Robosapien, Roboraptor, and friends). Takara Tomy doesn't come right out with it, but look closely and you can see the Wowwee logo - they're doing a standard OEM/rebranding deal with this robo-toy.
Takara Tomy's version of Hello!MiP isn't retailing outside of Japan, but those interested in shooting and YouTubing their own OMNIBOT sports parodies can order one from our partners at White Rabbit Express - click on these words to do that.
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