“Future Dream!” Review of The 2007 Robotics-Mechatronics Design Competition
Taisuke Sakaki*, Ryuichi Oguro*2, Shinichi Sagara*3, Kanta Aoki*4, Nobuhiro Ushimi*, Takanori Kiyota*5, Ryo Kikuuwe*6, Makoto Iwamura*7, Manabu Fukushima*8, Keiji Imado*9, Hidetaka Ikeuchi*9, and Shunji Moromugi*10
*Department of Biorobotics, Kyushu Sangyo University
2-3-1 Matsukadai, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka 813-8503, Japan
*2 Faculty of Computer Science and System Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
680-4 Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502, Japan
*3 Department of Control Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
1-1, Sensui-cho, Tobata, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 804-8550, Japan
*4 Department of Design, Kyushu Sangyo University
3-1-1 Hinode-machi, Kasuga, Fukuoka, Fukuoka 816-0873, Japan
*5Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, The University of Kitakyushu
1-1 Hibikino, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 808-0135, Japan
*6 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University,
744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
*7 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fukuoka University,
8-19-1, Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka 814-0180, Japan
*8 Department of Media Technology, Nippon Bunri University,
1727, Ichigi, Oita, Oita 870-0397, Japan
*9 Oita University, 700 Dannnoharu, Oita, Oita 870-1192, Japan
*10 Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Nagasaki University,
1-14 Bunkyo-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan
We describe a unique competition based on the novel concept of robotics and mechatronics products that included evaluation of the products’ engineering function and interface design. Fifteen teams from six universities joined the competition, whose subject was “Health, care and communication aids for the elderly.” Many of the plans presented ideas that balanced function and design, showing the results of collaboration among students studying engineering and students studying product design.
-  Home page of “Future Dream! Robotics-Mechatronics Design Competition 2007,” http://www.ip.kyusan-u.ac.jp/J/kougaku/tb/sakaki/rmdc2007q/
-  Report of “Future Dream! Robotics-Mechatronics Design Competition 2007,” 2008.
-  Report of “Future Dream! Robotics-Mechatronics Design Competition 2006,” 2007.
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