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Robots conquer crane machines thanks to Robo Catcher

May 25, 2009


In Japan it seems that the crane machine is both an art and a science and it never ceases to amaze me as to what companies cook up for cranes there. I am a big fan of integrating robotics into the arcade scene and this latest “crane” machine does just that. Called Robo Catcher, the player controls a robot inside of the booth and they attempt to grab the prizes at the bottom using the robots arms. It’s a pretty cool concept and to do the idea justice, here is a video of Robo Catcher in action.


And the kid stuck in a crane machine today comes from…

February 28, 2009


While we don’t see these stories of toddlers getting stuck in toy crane machines terribly often, they do seem to show up with some moderate frequency and today the story comes to us from New Zealand. Fortunately for this kid’s mother, the guy with the key to the machine wasn’t too far away so they did not have to wait very long to get the child out although it sounds like he was quite happy to be in there (at least he doesn’t have claustrophobia, right?).

check out the full article below. Tiny pic of the event above taken from the same source.

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