A Hong Kong representative, Ricky Chan, has won the lamest robot contest – called the Hebocon World Championships – in Japan. Another from Hong Kong, Kit Man, also won the NicoTsuku award for his creativity at the championships.

Chan, of FU productions, built a robot called the “Robot-Controlled Controller Robot,” which consists of two components – a controller that looks like a tiger robot, and a robot that looks like a controller.

Robot controlled controller robot. Photo: Ricky Chan via Facebook.

When the host asked what the most useless aspect of the robot was, Chan said that he spent more time building the machine which built the case of the controller-like robot – and failing in the process – than building the robot itself.

Robots compete on a board and the winner is the robot that pushes its opponents off the board.

Flipped over. Photo: Youtube screenshot.

Chan said as he was receiving his prize that “at an earlier Hebocon in Hong Kong, I got second place… this is the first time I’ve gotten first place. But before that I thought that getting second place was like getting first place, because it’s not about winning – it’s about trying to do your best to lose with your low tech robot,” he said.

Flipping Tables

Hong Kong representative Kit Man won the NicoTsuku award with his table-flipping robot.

Flipping tables. Photo: Kwok Yiu-tung.

He won because his robot flipped itself over when it was trying to flip the desk.

The championships can be viewed here.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.