Robots conquer crane machines thanks to Robo Catcher

Shaggy May 25, 2009 3


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.



  1. justonemoregame May 26, 2009 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Looks like it’s going to be too easy to get a prize.
    But then – it starts falling over for no reason – so you “lose”.

    Hmmm.. I can see some unhappy customers.
    (But then.. I’m *not* a “redemption” fan, so I probably have no idea
    how people who DO like ’em will react.)

  2. Z May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Here’s an idea: instead of using a robotic arm, it would be fun to have multiple moving robots controlled by a remote/joystick and people must race their robot to capture a prize before the other person.

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