Sunday, September 14, 2008

Robot Trivia #2 - The answers and results

I just realized that I had forgotten to give a closing date for this round of Robot Trivia. (grin!) But I had been looking at the comments and it is quite clear that anybody who has anything to say has either said it or, well, won't ever!

So here are the answers to the trivia....

#13 -- Asimo, by Honda. This is the most articulate robot I've seen to date. He made a brief appearance about 2 years ago here at Midvalley Mega Mall. Did a simple dance and a bunch of other movements which other robots would have trouble managing. If any company has a chance at making real, useful and practical domestic robots, I'd put my money on Honda!

#14 -- Pris from Blade Runner. According to the movie, this is a 'military/pleasure' model. Hmm, dominatrix, anyone??!!

#15 -- QRIO by Sony. Pronounced 'Qu-rio' and short for "Quest for cuRIOsity". Too bad you won't see future models of him anymore as Sony has pulled the plug on his development. Bye bye QRIO, we'll miss ya!

#16 - C-3P0 and R2-D2 from the Star Wars saga. Did you know these 2 guys were inspired, in part by an Akira Kurosawa film titled Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958) (The Hidden Fortress)?

#17 - Sonny from iRobot. The first time I saw this movie, I was quite convincend this was the badguy.... at least for the 1st half of the movie! :)

#18 - Twiki, carrying on his chest Dr. Theopolis, Both from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

#19 - Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Fans watch out, there's a Hollywood movie on this robot in the making!

#20 - Lance Bishop 341-B from Aliens. Prefers to call himself an 'artificial life form'. Was the executive officer on board the Colonial Marine vessel Sulaco.

#21 - EVA-01 from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Piloted by 14-year-old protagonist, Shinji Ikari. Wikipedia states this is "commonly regarded as one of the greatest anime of all time."

#22 - Sorry, that other guy from Lost in Space had already made his debut in Trivia #1. This bulbous fella is Robby, originally from the movie Forbidden Planet. And check this out, this 7-foot-two robot has actually made appearances in more than two dozen movies and TV shows!

#23 - RX-78-2 from the highly successful Gundam franchise. He was piloted by Ray Amuro, which, like the heroes in many robot stories, is a guy who 'happened to be there' at that time.

#24 - VF-1 Variable Fighter from the Macross universe. Piloted by Skull Squadron leader, Roy Fokker.

So here comes the part where I announce who's the super-geek for this round... and the winner is... a sort-of tie between STING (or Mr. Gundam) and Robotboy!! Both of them gave a bunch of really good answers, as you've seen yourselves, and deserves to win!

Thanks to all for participating... and to show of you who are non-fans of robots, thank you for your patience...

Next post... dangers lurking in your plastic bottles... learn to tell which are safe, which are not!

6 commented:

Anonymous said...

A tie? I tot Robotboy was gonna walk away with it.

Thank goodness for this posting. It's a good distraction to the sort of mind numbing statements made by those so called protector of the nation.

Dada In Da House said...

Mr Gundam here....or better known as Dadaindahouse.

Cool....I won! The next time i will create an anime test for all.

Center Parted said...

Yeah WLE, a tie.
I'm sure Mr. Robotboy won't mind (right?) :)

Center Parted said...

Dada-dude, yeah, congrats!

An anime test would be way cool... but I suspect I'll suck badly in that.. but you can count on me to join in the fun!

And Robotboy, hope to hear more from you too! :)

Anonymous said...

Hmm...and I thot i was going to win. :(

sting said...

how about a trivia on "who said what" eg who or which movie was the phrase "may the force be with you" taken from... okay, maybe something more difficult than this :-)