Gizmodo Japan: RoboCup 2005 Osaka


What do Louis Vuitton, Robots, and Soccer all have in common? The 2005 RoboCup Osaka, where 400 teams from 35 countries faced off in various competitions over the course of 5 days for the purpose of fostering AI and robotics research globally. In addition to soccer, this years competition saw two new categories added: The rescue category, aimed at improving hazardous rescue bot tech, and the junior category, added to promote bot building amoung the kids.

Each event was broken down into small-size, medium-size, and 4-legged leagues, along with the Louis Vuitton sponsored humanoid league. The robot designs ranged from typical battlebot drones and reprogrammed AIBOs to full-on star wars droids.

Team Osaka, who took the taco in the Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup, recieved the championship trophy which was delivered in a leather carrying case plastered with enough of the ubiquitous LV pattern to draw a small crowd of squealing harajuku shoppers.

Competition results and photos of the action are posted over at robocup.org -JM

RoboCup 2005
Louis Vuitton - Humanoid Cup