Robots are getting better at fast, complex movements. Like martial arts. Take a look at four robots with graceful martial arts moves.
Take a look at this video of the HRP-2 humanoid robot doing part of a martial arts routine.
(HRP-2 robot video)
HRP-2 is the final robotic platform for the Humanoid Robotics Project headed by the Manufacturing Science and Technology Center (MSTC), which is sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) through New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
The total robotic system was designed and integrated by Kawada Industries, Inc. together with the Humanoid Research Group of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Yaskawa Electric Corporation provided the initial concept design for the arms and AIST 3D Vision Research Group and the Shimizu Corporation provided the vision system.
HRP-2ís height is 154 cm and its mass is 58 kg, including batteries. It has 30 degrees of freedom (DOF) including two DOF for its hip. The cantilevered crotch joint allows for walking in a confined area. Its highly compact electrical system packaging allows it to forgo the commonly used "backpack" used on other humanoid robots.
Now, take a look at the Robonova-1 robot performing an assortment of martial arts moves.
(Robonova-1 doing martial arts moves)
The stable ROBONOVA-I can walk, run, do flips, cartwheels, dance moves and once programmed, is ready to compete in any Robo One Class "J" competition. Available two ways, as a kit, so you can enjoy building your robot yourself, or as a pre-assembled, "RTW", "ready to walk" instant gratification robot.
This fully articulating, 12" high, mechanical man is controlled with 16 powerful HSR-8498HB digital servos built specifically for the ROBONOVA-I by Hitec. Powering the ROBONOVA-I is a 5 cell, environmentally friendly NiMH rechargeable battery that delivers around 1 hour of operational time. Other battery options can include 7.4 volt 2 cell Lithium Polymer battery.
(Robonova-1 doing martial arts moves)
The name of 'HUBO' was selected through self public subscription. Appearances design of HUBO took the help of the department of industrial design. HUBO is 56kg heavy and 125cm tall, have 10 fingers, 2 eyes (vision camera), and 41 DOF. It contains a battery pack for power source and works for about fifty minutes by a charging. Also It is able to remote-control wherever network is connected.
Finally, take a look at the small but mighty HOAP-2 practicing its sumo moves. Robo-Shiko! (Shiko is the traditional sumo move in which the athlete raises his leg up high and then stomps his foot down.)
The HOAP-2 is 50cm high with 25 degrees of freedom. It has articulated fingers allowing it to grip objects. The first HOAP-2 robots shipped in July of 2003. The HOAP-2 robot is tethered and relies on an external computer and power. HOAP-2 is also a master of LINUX.
(From HOAP-2 Robot Masters Sumo And Linux. RoboShiko! )
The particular idea of a robotic wrestling companion can be found in Rolem, the exercise partner of Konstantin Kharageosis, the main character from This Immortal, created by Roger Zelazny in 1966.
Off in the distance, I heard a scream. 'Stop it, Hassan, it's not supposed to do that!'
Which meant that I was Conrad, and that I was in Egypt, and that the expressionless face before me was therefore that of the golem-wrestler, Rolem, a creature that could be set for five times the strength of a human being, and was probably so set, a creature which could be given the reflexes of an adrenalized cat, and doubtless had them in full operation.
Let me know if you have any favorite robot martial arts videos, and I'll post them.
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