Friday, July 21, 2006

Links: 7.21.06: Giant Robotic Squid in the works

Giant Robotic Squid.  Controlled via the internet, being made in Japan.
Does it really get any better than this? Excerpts from the post at :
In squid-crazy Hakodate, squid fishing is big business.  July 18, a group of Hakodate residents made an official announcement regarding plans to create a giant robotic squid for the city.  The citizens' group, called "Robot Festival in Hakodate," aims to create a new symbol for Hakodate, one of the leading tourist destinations in Hokkaido — and what better symbol than a giant robotic version of the city's favorite creature?
The developers plan for the robot to stand 5 meters (16 feet) in height. After an intial 1.5-meter prototype is completed this November, work will begin on the larger final version, which the group aims to unveil in a parade at the Hakodate Port Festival in the summer of 2007.  The entire body of squid robot will be covered in lights that blink as the robot moves. In addition, the robot will be equipped with a set of wireless receivers and will have its own homepage featuring a set of controls that allow remote users to move the robot's tentacles and eyes.
Full article here
Check out the Pink Tentacle blog though (don't worry, SFW), as it is chock full of awesomeness. 
Like this, from the entry on Japan's Gallery of fantastic creatures
It's part of an astounding collection of art, constructed as mummified fantastical creatures.

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