Japanese Robots Gather for Epic Dance Battle

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Japanese Robots Gather for Epic Dance Battle

Humanity's dancing skills just got served by a bunch of tiny Japanese robots.

Quite frankly, the new wave of dancing competition shows on television bores me. If the participants in these shows were say, robots, maybe I'd be a little more interested. Japan agrees wholeheartedly, as evidenced by its recent Robot Japan Zero dance competition, .

Robot Japan Zero is a "robot dance and fight competition" that allowed Japanese roboticists to pit their creations against each other in both 1-on-1 combat and dance battles. The robots brought to the competition were not only impressive feats of mechanical construction, but they also had some sweet moves.

Anthropomorphic cat robot (above) is the master of hand... er, paw movements. Cat-girl below gets more sassy with it.

Another roboticist went classical, creating a dancer in traditional garb that uses fans.

As for the "fight" portion of Robot Japan Zero, one battle put what looks like a fencing penguin against an agile bug-man-thing. They basically fall over a lot, but the most impressive part is how these guys just get right back up.

The potential of robots to take over the world could be greatly exaggerated, because these guys don't appear to have very powerful combat skills. I think a good football kick would take them out in about a second. If anything, it's more likely that robot dancers will shame us with how much better they can pop it and lock it.

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Holy crap....this is freaking epic!
The second video had me rolling.
And the last video is just too funny.

But i am honestly amazed at how well the Robots moved.
The first video looked almost natural.

Though id keep an eye on this.
First, they win their way into our hearts with song and dance.
Then the invasion begins....

holy shit, I didnt realize robots had reached that level of dance technology.... now humans dont stand a chance against them on the dance floor

I just realised that the song for Number Two is the theme to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Relatively obscure Japanese anime references FTW!

Oh, and also, it seems we won't just be getting Skynet soon, but the Terminators will be dancing to our doom. Huh. Didn't see that one coming...

...this is why im not afraid of robots taking over the world... we've got our best bi-pedal robot engineers making them fucking dance instead of doing something useful!!!

OT: the cat robot totally kicked the rest of their asses!!! They just been served!!!

God dammit, there go my hopes for not having nightmares tonight....once again, thanks a lot, Japan.

Huh, last thing I remember seeing about bipedal robots were big stumbling things that could barely walk.
Now this. Just... Wow. The second video was just full of WIN.

Love how a tech repositioned one so we could tell just how tiny they are.

and here I was thinking of something more like this...

Tom Goldman:
Anthropomorphic cat robot (above) is the master of hand... er, paw movements. Cat-girl below gets more sassy with it.

I like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but as soon as that song started, I had to stop watching.

I hate that fucking dance.

I HATE IT WITH FIRE

OT: I hope I get to see stuff this wacky when I go to Japan on the 25th.

Seriously, though. These things have some serious skills.

Tom Goldman:

The potential of robots to take over the world could be greatly exaggerated, because these guys don't appear to have very powerful combat skills. I think a good football kick would take them out in about a second. If anything, it's more likely that robot dancers will shame us with how much better they can pop it and lock it.

Oh you just wait. At the rate technology is improving these days, they'll probably learn how to fire a gun and distinguish between civilians and enemies by the year 2021.

Worgen:
holy shit, I didnt realize robots had reached that level of dance technology.... now humans dont stand a chance against them on the dance floor

Today they take the stage, tomorrow THE WORLD!!

Robots dancing. What's up with that?

You know your life is sad when robots can dance better than you.

Great the thread has gone almost a page without "oh Japan! You've done it again!" and other such patronising and ignorant remarks, or the ones in which people say something like "people are dying of cancer and Japan wastes its money on this!", or "Japan leading the world in useless technology!"

Living here in Japan I'm greatly interested in robotic solutions to Japan's terrible ageing population problems. Rest assured that research into robotics has one general goal - automation and assistance in manufacturing, labour and health care. In order to get to the level of technology required, money is very very very necessary. Investors and the public don't get excited about the robot prototypes lifting things, tying knots or screwing nuts on bolts. They DO however love something FUN!

Autonomous robots in Japan's pop-culture have, since Atom, been most usually depicted and considered humanity's saviour, helpers and friends. The fear of renegade robots is also there, however, but it's more often used to caution against man's own corruption in things he creates. In the West it usually illustrates the fear of destruction by the "outside unknown" or the uprising of the "slave". Japanese people want to experience robots in their lives. In the general cultural view, everything has a "spirit" inside it anyway. That's Animism. Dolls certainly do, and that's why old ritual dolls must be disposed of at Shrines, not in the garbage.

Anyway, what I'm getting at is this - while certain other nations see robotics and related technology as a means to strengthen military power; Japan uses this technology mostly to improve life for humanity, be that through medicine, care or laughter. Yes, there are people dying of cancer, but that has nothing to do with this, and regardless, perhaps one day the robot animals prototyped last year will be making terminally ill patients happy and more able to face what's coming for them. That's a really exciting prospect.

Apologies for my pre-emptive strike but almost every "Japan" thread here devolves into what I outlined at the top, ie post #17. Though it may be intentional to get a rise from me.

Wow! Those robots really know how to step up

Stomp the Yard? More like totally Bizarre!

Humanity just got served on the dance floor.

I'll stop now

Japan: Leading in useless expensive technology since 1959!

If only they put their brainpower to good use...

Cool though

This is incredible -- the prototype of the dancing robot from Japan from like two months ago wasn't nearly as good as these. -- Only in Japan, huh?

Tom Goldman:

Anthropomorphic cat robot (above) is the master of hand... er, paw movements. Cat-girl below gets more sassy with it.

Here is the original dance for comparison. I think it did very well.

Why, Japan? Why? I want to go to Japan someday and do a bunch of drugs and wander around Tokyo. How crazy would that be?

I'm scared for my life D:

Corum1134:

*snip-snip*
Here is the original dance for comparison. I think it did very well.
*snip-snip*

Using a dance from an extremely popular (with japanophile geeks, at least) anime and a catgirl design is kind of cheap, especially when your dance moves are not that impressive.

The cat-bot at #5 was superior!

Were going to have to develop new ways to be fresh and funky fly to defeat them in the dance floor now.

If no one else is going to admit it i will. Those robots have most my generations dancing one-upped. If in the "youth" generation bracket like me go look at your peers dancing. Japanese robot dancing my make me laugh, but only my generation's dancing can make you laugh and cry (in pain) at the same time.

Those fighting robots had me on the ground as well XD

Hahaha! I need one of those robots! It can jam to Haddaway with me XD

Dancing the robot just got a lot harder.

V8 Ninja:
You know your life is sad when robots can dance better than you.

This... Damn it! Why!? Why do I suck at dancing!?

OT: Awesome. It's just a matter of time before they take over the world. Through dancing!

I/ we don´t want that f++++ robots to dance for me nor to take care for me when I am old.

We need them to WORK and earn more the money for us so we can afford (money and time) to raise children.
greetz from Japan Syndrome-Country.

*Ok, dancing robots on a Southpole will be nice, I admit. We need to make the silicon skin better, tough. MMMh, but southpole dancing and earning money usually goes hand in hand, Ok I like dancing robots*

RUINER ACTUAL:
Why, Japan? Why? I want to go to Japan someday and do a bunch of drugs and wander around Tokyo. How crazy would that be?

You don't need a bunch. Just shrooms would freaking short-circuit you. You'd end up in an alley sewer somewhere, brain fried and drooling.

I fucking want one. Robot #5 (The cat) Is pro. Just standing around, nothing to see here then BAM! SUPER FREAK FLY MOVES!

This is really awesome. Hope I see stuff like this when I go to Japan.

Question their ability to take over the world just because they fall over a lot!
But when they are 50 metres tall and begin falling just remember when you laughed at them!

Many giggles to be had from the fighting ones :P

man as soon as they iron out the problem that is constantly falling we are screwed, and i feel ashamed of myself for recognizing one of the songs...

The movements of the first robot were so damn well done, it freaked me out. Seriously...at one point he really did move like a human.
Also, that Haruhi dance was pretty cool, too. They did a fairly good job on that one.
But that fight vid was just plain funny. And it was really weird and a bit disturbing how the slender one moved...creepy.

I... I have no words... This is just to much. I need to lay down for a little while...

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