Oct 122009

A robotics hobbyist created this wonderful giant working beetle-bot that looks good enough to be in Terminator movie. A labor of love for many years, the RX-03 boasts an internal cockpit that can hold an average adult, a controller configuration that looks something out of Steel Battalion, and can actually walk under its own power. The TV news coverage of this machine beast after the jump: Continue reading »

Oct 082009
Old robots

Whatever happened to Sentry the prototype police droid? Or Hubot the friendly all-around house bot that carried an Atari game machine for you? No one knows, but at least they’re not forgotten thanks to The Old Robots website. Here you can see what toy robot such as Max Steele looked like in the olden days of the 1980’s, to actual bi-pedal robots, and the more recent small robots that recently hit the commercial market.

See what the future may hold for robots through the course of history. Laugh at some ridiculous ideas, be in awe in the ones that have shaped our time, and dream with the ones that may hold the key to the future.

The Old Robots website has it all.

Oct 072009
Gigantor Tetsujin

Super Robots, not to be outdone by the unveiling of the life sized Gundam statue a few months ago, have responded with a life sized statue of their own kind. Tetsujin-28 (known as Gigantor in the west) was finally opened to the public today in all its 1:1 scale glory after months of construction. For those who are curious, Tetsujin 28 distinguishes itself by being one of the first animated mecha TV shows in Japan, thus helping establish the mecha genre. The franchise has further spawned three animated shows, two live-action movies, and a live action TV series that pre-dates the anime. See the opening ceremony of the life sized Tetsujin 28 statue after the jump. Continue reading »

Sep 302009
Thought Robot

This little mechanical buddy is now on the fore-front of robotics research by actually being able to read a users thoughts and respond to them in kind. Taku Ichikawa of the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo is credited with this remarkable innovation, which allowed him to successfully compete in the Robo-One amateur bi-pedal robotics league which includes events like robo-soccer and robo-battles. Continue reading »

Sep 242009
Front Mission Translation

A fan translation of Front Mission 5 is on its 4th iteration and is nearing completion. Front Mission 5 is the latest of the console versions of this mech-RPG, which sadly didn’t get a release outside Japan. Fortunately, a few hardworking fans of the series started translating it over a year and a half ago, and in its current state it is very close to completion.

As the FM5 translation project is drawing to a close, the translation team is moving to other Front Mission-related projects such as Front Mission 2 and Front Mission 2089: Border Madness, both of which never got an English release.

For more information and for the patch itself, please visit You’ll find other details on the project and how to apply the translation patch to your Front Mission 5. Note that the translation patch only works on the original version of Front Mission 5, and not the “Playstation Best” version which is a re-release of the original.

Sep 182009

Thexder Neo, a re-make of the original Thexder game, which can be described as sort of a Macross platformer (Transformable mech in a platformer game) was announced by Squarenix to be released over PSN worldwide on 1st of October for the PSP platform. While a relatively obscure title these days, the original Thexder was apparently a huge hit for home consoles back in the mid-1980s which led to a sequel called Fire Hawk: Thexder the Second Contact, and remakes for the Windows 95 OS. Continue reading »

Sep 172009

SEGA’s team-based action strategy game Border Break has recently been released in arcades across Japan. Border Break features 10-on-10 network combat, 4 distinct mech classes, and an innovative touch screen menu to communicate and delegate commands to other players. Primary controls include a joystick with an analog nub on top, as well as a 4-way trackball on the right side. Continue reading »