Kiyomuri Samurai Robot Now With Improved Gait Stabilization

Tmsuk's Kiyomuri samurai robot was already awesome; now it has improved gait stabilization, thanks to Waseda University.

Kiyomuri is no ordinary bipedal robot. It's 39 joints and bouncy knees, combined with a very flexible pelvic region, combine to create a robot with real attitude. Take a look at Kiyomuri's superbad stride in the video below.


(Kiyomuri suberbad samurai walk)

Thus far, Tmsuk has carefully disguised this robot's fighting abilities; Kiyomuri has even participated in prayers for the safety and progress of future robot industries. But if it can walk like that, just think of what it could do with a sword.

This past week, however, Kiyomuri has been making use of its gait stabilization upgrades. Kiyomuri has been walking up inclines of plus or minus five degrees using a gyroscopic sensor. Kiyomuri has also been practicing his stride on uneven surfaces.


(Kiyomuri at the mall, sizing up humanity)

Science fiction fans have been on the lookout for robots like Kiyomuri for a long time. As much as I enjoyed watching Robbie the Robot walking in Forbidden Planet, I'm more than ready for a robot with some glide in his stride.

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