VOLLEYBALL ROBOT AND BIG ROBOT Mk1: Hiroo Iwata (JP)

PROJECTION

VOLLEYBALL ROBOT
Volleyball project presents a system that consists of three robots that imitate the motion of top volleyball blockers. Each robot has five degrees of freedom and performs high speed movement on rails that are arranged in parallel with the volleyball net. In addition, an application to enable a coach to manipulate these robots was developed. Through practical use the effectiveness of this system was confirmed.

BIG ROBOT Mk1
Big Robot Mk1 was designed with the goals of not only letting the users feel like giants, but also making them appear as walking giants to the surrounding observers as well. Users ride on a base supported by two wheeled legs. As they walk, the base moves forward on its wheels together with their motion, and the movement of the leg joints causes a fluctuating motion.

 

Hiroo Iwata
Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems at the University of Tsukuba and President of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (2016, 2017). His research is focused on developing projects with virtual reality and robotics. Launched Device Art project in 2004 and exhibited work at the Emerging Technologies at SIGGRAPH every year from 1994 to 2007. Iwata developed and directs PhD Program in Empowerment Informatics (EMP) in 2013.