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Martial Arts Robots

CmdrTaco posted about 11 years ago | from the jackie-chan-in-unemployment-line dept.

Technology 301

curmudgeous writes "Japanese tech firms are making waves with robots trained to perform martial arts moves." On one hand, this is largely just a novelty, but on the other, robots capable of doing these moves are many steps closer to being able to move around in real world environments. But mostly, sumo stomping robots look cool.

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I, for one... (0)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | about 11 years ago | (#7201292)

I, for one, welcome our new Martial Arts Robot overloads. (fp)

Re:I, for one... (0, Offtopic)

avalys (221114) | about 11 years ago | (#7201432)

My god, stop it! Two in a row! The joke is dead, people!

Please!!

Re:I, for one... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201445)

I, for one, welcome the death of this tired meme.

Re:I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201484)

What are you gonna do about it, asshole.

Re:I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201565)

I'm going to beat your dirty nigger ass for trying to learn how to read.

Re:I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201590)

fuck you and your whore sister

Re:I, for one... (1)

buddhaunderthetree (318870) | about 11 years ago | (#7201444)

I for one hope these robots aren't made from surplus military hardware, that's been "cleared" for civilian use. Kung fu robots + evil military chips = killfest 03.

In soviet russia, robot overlords welcome you! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201597)

Oh, this isn't going to end well...

Re:I, for one... (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | about 11 years ago | (#7201492)

Please don't welcome them, last time we had to get Optimus Prime and the other Autobots to stop the robot after Megatron reprogrammed it.

Enter the Nightbird
The Decepticons steal an experimental female ninja robot named Nightbird, and use her to steal the Autobots' computer chip containing
information on the world's energy sources. She succeeds in stealing the chip from the Ark, but is confronted and trapped by the Autobots. The
Decepticons come to her aid, but she is ambushed by the jealous Starscream. The Decepticons chase after the fleeing Starscream, leaving Nightbird and the chip with the Autobots.

Historical Record of these events: click here [kent.edu] .

And in related news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201300)

France Surrenders!

how soon until (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201304)

the geisha-girl whore-robots are ready?

Re:how soon until (1)

inteller (599544) | about 11 years ago | (#7201505)

The guy behind realdoll.com is working on it. I'm just afraid if one of those things is on your wang and suddenly goes into "eat" mode.

Re:how soon until (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201533)

I think "whorebot" has a better ring to it. Keeping the Japanese porn scene in mind, it better come with a huge sperm holding tank and a shit dispenser.

I for one... (2, Funny)

omnirealm (244599) | about 11 years ago | (#7201312)

I for one welcome our new kung-fu robotic overlords!

Re:I for one... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201431)

I, for one, wish certain trigger-happy Slashbotters would check the message right before theirs before they reflexibly cough up the recycled joke-of-the-day.

Re:I for one... (1)

avalys (221114) | about 11 years ago | (#7201441)

I, for one, am sick of this damn joke.

Re:I for one... (0)

ChickenAintDone (713461) | about 11 years ago | (#7201532)

In Soviet Russia, old jokes get sick of YOU!

Re:I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201600)

Bwaahaahaa.

Re:I for one... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201475)

Kung-fu is Chinese, your insensitive clod!

You're now a target for the new Japanese ninja robots. Have a nice day.

Re:I for one... (1)

cK-Gunslinger (443452) | about 11 years ago | (#7201497)

Funny, for once, as it may be the closest to the truth we've seen so far. Will we be over-run by clusters of PDAs? Probably not. But ninja robots... *powered* by clusters of PDAs? Yikes!

Re:I for one... (1)

winter@ES (17304) | about 11 years ago | (#7201584)

No no no...

Combine it with this earlier story:

Monkeys Control Robotic Arm With Brain Implants [washingtonpost.com]

I, for one, welcome our new monkey-mind-controlled kung-fu robotic overlords!

paulb

Uh (1)

arrow (9545) | about 11 years ago | (#7201313)

Does this scare the hell out of anyone else?

Just make sure you check KungfubotUpdate.com once a week and unplug any robots you may already have running rouge around the neghborhood!

Re:Uh (3, Funny)

softspokenrevolution (644206) | about 11 years ago | (#7201347)

I know that it really scares the hell out of me, those robots are creepy, and ninjas. Of course the advantage of that is that they can only do so much, I mean that's why there aren't any ninja robots (well good ones) I mean, robocop can beat up ninja robots, if they were real ninjas on the other hand, robocop wouldn't have stood a chance.

I think Ninjas need to unionize to keep robots out of the stealth assassin business.

Re:Uh (2, Funny)

corbettw (214229) | about 11 years ago | (#7201389)

Come on! They're robots! They're ninjas! All they need to do now is turn into fighter planes and it'd be like Saturday morning c. 1986 all over again.

Re:Uh (1)

Esion Modnar (632431) | about 11 years ago | (#7201350)

...robots you may already have running rouge around the neghborhood!

Would these be the Avon Lady robots? Just wondering...

I don't know what's worse... (1)

kippy (416183) | about 11 years ago | (#7201319)


So who wants to take bets on who turns us into pets first: The kung-Fu Robots or the Dolphins with Thumbs [theonion.com] .

Interesting (1)

(54)T-Dub (642521) | about 11 years ago | (#7201320)

I think it's interesting that the mechanical challenges are no longer the stumbling block. It's now AI.

Flexibility? (4, Insightful)

Bilbo (7015) | about 11 years ago | (#7201418)

> interesting that the mechanical challenges are no longer the stumbling block.

Not so fast... Remember that these robots are still operating in highly controlled environments, performing a small number of carefully scripted and highly constrained maneuvers. Granted, these are no small feat, but they are still a long way from navigating complex and unpredictable environments -- something humans and other "biologicals" do all the time without even thinking.

Again, these robots have made huge strides (pun intended), but they have a long way to go before they can go out and take a stroll through a field or walk down a busy city sidewalk in traffic.

Re:Interesting (1)

WegianWarrior (649800) | about 11 years ago | (#7201507)

Interesting, but not surpricing. Humans have been building machines for several thousand years and gotten very good at it. We have dabbled in AI for less than a century, and hasn't really gotten anywhere yet. The AI has so far always been the stumbling block as far as robots and autonoms go.

The principle behind how things move are well known - the wheel and the lever is inventions which origins are lost in the mist of time. Lifelike movements are nothing new either - in 1769 Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen produced a chess-playing Turkish gentleman [chessgraphics.net] . The life-sized automaton sat at a large cabinet with a long pipe in one hand, consistently beating its living opponents at chess with the other (the automation was controlled by a midget hidden under the chessboard - so you could call the midget the robots 'AI'). The same Baron invented a 'speaking machine' [yale.edu] , so he clearly had some mechanical insights and skills.

re: interesting (1)

ed.han (444783) | about 11 years ago | (#7201585)

and in other news, researchers announce the development of a new myomer processing technique. unveiling the product of this new process, the "schwarzenegger bicep". researchers warn against expecting battlemechs too soon, however...

all kidding aside, however: as soon as they can build a bipedal bot that can walk and do this stuff, let me know. while an interesting footnote, IMHO this isn't terribly earth-shattering.

ed

the big W (2, Funny)

syle (638903) | about 11 years ago | (#7201326)

Let me save you the trouble of asking.

The answer is, "Because they can."

Re:the big W (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201512)

The real question is: when this is considered serious research in Japan, why do people still wonder why their economy is still in the sh*tcan?

No more robot bullying!! (1)

Gunfighter (1944) | about 11 years ago | (#7201328)

Just a novelty? What about the applications of such robots in real-world environments. Now big, mean, ugly robots won't be so prone to bullying smaller robots because there will always be the possibility that the smaller one may be a Ninjabot.

Oily Ninja (1)

Cat9117600 (627358) | about 11 years ago | (#7201329)

Nothing like a ninja that needs to get oiled...

robot army? (1)

chompswilliam (715672) | about 11 years ago | (#7201330)

Is this the first step towords a robot army?

Re:robot army? (1)

nate1138 (325593) | about 11 years ago | (#7201543)

Yeah, a vast army of shin-kicking, ankle biting, 30 cm tall robotic killers!

Real world? (1)

interiot (50685) | about 11 years ago | (#7201332)

Who cares about the real world? Having robots capable of doing martial arts means we're much closer to having 5-story tall robots fighting over the future of Tokyo! (and various other classic anime scenarios)

Red Planet (1)

freakyfreak2 (613574) | about 11 years ago | (#7201334)

This is just a step in the direction to AMIEE. THen we can recommission the martial arts robots that were created for warfare to run recon. Then forget to totally wipe their programming and let the chance of them switching back to combat mode creep up. It's fun how life starts to imitate art.

Combine these with (1)

wiredog (43288) | about 11 years ago | (#7201337)

a beowulf cluster of Wireless Borg Monkeys [washingtonpost.com] and you'll have some /real/ fun.

Re:Combine these with (1)

Zigg (64962) | about 11 years ago | (#7201386)

You know, I submitted the Monkey Robot Arm story earlier today, but it got rejected. I guess I was just missing the Stomping Sumo Robot angle :-)

Me too (1)

wiredog (43288) | about 11 years ago | (#7201443)

But it did get posted at HuSi [demon.co.uk] .

Wireless Borg Monkeys (1, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 11 years ago | (#7201415)

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated just like my banana breakfast. Eeep! Eeep!"

Re:Wireless Borg Monkeys (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | about 11 years ago | (#7201556)

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated just like my banana breakfast. Eeep! Eeep!"

My smelly nanoprobe log will be hurled at you!

Absolutely! (4, Funny)

NerveGas (168686) | about 11 years ago | (#7201338)

robots capable of doing these moves are many steps closer to being able to move around in real world environments.

I absolutely agree. I've said for ages that a robot just can't usefully navigate a house without being able to do a good roundhouse-kick, preferably to a height of 5.5 feet. Even then, without a good iron-palm strike, it's not going to have problems.

steve

Re:Absolutely! (1)

Chicane-UK (455253) | about 11 years ago | (#7201491)

You've obviously never lived with a younger brother or sister :)

Re:Absolutely! (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | about 11 years ago | (#7201514)

Even then, without a good iron-palm strike, it's not [sic] going to have problems.

"It still can't manipulate a doorknob, but we've solved that problem. Watch."

*SMACK* *BANG* *clatter-clatter*

In a perfect world (1)

use_compress (627082) | about 11 years ago | (#7201342)

Researchers would focus on legalizing cock fights and making robots to clean my house.

Careful with the Ninja Robots (2, Funny)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | about 11 years ago | (#7201345)

This is the kind of thing you read about after it's too late.

I've seen this in a lot of bad movies. Instead of making nice robots that get your coffee, or make your bed, someone makes a killer robot. But they never intended for it to kill. They just wanted to prove the critics wrong... plus the little fella is cute.

Then they multiply and the world is laid waste. Who hasn't seen that scenario played out?

Seriously, who makes robots that know karate? Oh well, most lessons are learned after its too late.

30 cms tall? (1)

amplt1337 (707922) | about 11 years ago | (#7201348)

Hmmm... sounds like they've got a prime candidate for the role of Splinter in the up-and-coming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Part IV... or possibly an EVEN COOLER flyin' fightin' Yoda.

Can't wait until the USAF gets ahold of this though...

Old news... (1)

TopShelf (92521) | about 11 years ago | (#7201356)

Personally, I can't believe a community such as Slashdot could get so excited over such old news.

Sincerely,
Johnny Sokko [dalekempire.com]

Oh damn. I thought it said. . . (1)

kfg (145172) | about 11 years ago | (#7201361)

Marital Arts. Now that would have been something to get, er, excited about.

"Honey, could you come here? I need a lube job."

Ok, even robots get cranky and whine I guess, but they whine about the right things.

KFG

Videos!!! (1)

amarkham (153845) | about 11 years ago | (#7201363)


Well, I couldn't find any of the martial arts moves in video, but here are a few of Hoap-2. Enjoy.

http://www.automation.fujitsu.com/en/products/pr od ucts092.html [fujitsu.com]

Post-em if you got em. Would LOVE to see Morph3 in action.

Everybody was kung foo fighting...

Ice Pirates (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 11 years ago | (#7201364)

Remember Ice Pirates [imdb.com] ? They had some kind of funny kung fu robots in that film. The robots had a bad habit of pulling out the lynch pin in their solar plexus area and then falling into many pieces.

Remember it? (1)

wiredog (43288) | about 11 years ago | (#7201468)

I saw it in 3-D. Starring Molly Ringwald. I've been trying to forget it ever since.

I for one (1)

EvilSpock (603534) | about 11 years ago | (#7201374)

...welcome our new martial arts robot overlords. Seriously, think of the military implications. How long until somebody builds an army of these?

Re:I for one (1)

forbin2k (609554) | about 11 years ago | (#7201442)

pls refer to Episode I and II, droid armies are very ineffective. why do you think they spent on that money on the clones?
duh...

Bill has... (1)

Demodian (658895) | about 11 years ago | (#7201488)

...but they only stand there with blank stares showing the BSOD. Gotta 3-finger salute them to get their attention...

Unfortunately, they are not well suited for ground combat as they have little defense against worms.

(OTOH, the Linux ones stand a better chance of surviving until the machines finally take over.)

one step closer... (1)

wrinkledshirt (228541) | about 11 years ago | (#7201379)

Actually, given some of the complicated poses that you have to attain in some martial arts demonstrative routines (kata or pumsae or gombop, depending upon whatever they decide to teach these things), these robots will probably do a lot better than just move around in real world environments. Some of these poses leave you sore for days. If robots can move into these, there's probably nothing preventing them from fluid regular movement.

The article says the thing's already doing somersaults. And, of course, I for one welcome our sumo-fighting robotic overlords.

Scary that's not just a joke at this point, hey?

Hmmm.. (1)

JavaLord (680960) | about 11 years ago | (#7201390)

It would be pretty cool to have one if you could put in on your property and it would defend it. Of course, I can smell the lawsuit coming when it puts the neigbor's kid in a rear naked choke because the kid comes over the fence to get his ball.

Well (1)

kurosawdust (654754) | about 11 years ago | (#7201392)

I say t-minus five years until some rich guy becomes a patron for this technology only because he wants his very own Spruce Lee.

Have we really learned nothing? (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | about 11 years ago | (#7201400)

Terminator (1,2,3), Matrix (1,2,3), Westworld/Futureworld: When are we going to recognize that teaching robots violent behavior without a thoroughly tested functional Asimov chip is a BAD thing? (And I'm not talking about those MS Asimov/Palladium chips either. My 7 year old nephew hacked those over a weekend.)

Oh, great. Now the Aibo has my nunchucks and the Roomba is attacking me Deadly Venoms Poison Toad Style!

Lets get this out of the way. (1)

Qwell (684661) | about 11 years ago | (#7201404)

"Does it run Linux?"
HOAP-2 is designed as an aid to robotics research and therefore runs on open source, Linux-based software
Why yes, yes it does.

Pictures are fine, but... (1)

teamhasnoi (554944) | about 11 years ago | (#7201407)

where are the movies? The article says that one of these little bassards can do *backflips. That's what I want to see. Anyone got vid-clips of this?

Many steps closer... (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | about 11 years ago | (#7201408)

We are also many steps closer to One Must Fall 2097. Martial arts robots duking it out in grueling tournaments, winner take all. It's gonna be awesome.

This is the PERFECT /. story (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201411)

I mean you have
Robots
Martial Arts (aka Ninja ;)
OpenSource.

I mean the only thing more perfect would be a story tommorrow on SCO suing a bunch of Martial Arts Robots and the Robots proceding to kick SCO ass.

Training (1)

iamchaos (572797) | about 11 years ago | (#7201420)

As someone who has studied Martial Arts (Lung Shou Pai and some internal arts like Hsing-I), I think these would be wonderful training tools for students. This would make an interesting sparring partner or something to help you with that form you just can't remember. I know... there are other variables to consider, but think about the ability to adjust your partners skill and strength level. Of course it will be some time before a small school or individual could afford anything like this, but when it happens it could help many people learn.

ROBOT (3, Funny)

Doomrat (615771) | about 11 years ago | (#7201423)

Elsewhere a conversation with the robot AI has been posted.

Interviewer: Robot, how would you approach the task of displacing a large obstacle?
Robot: ROBOT KICK.
Interviewer: I see, and how about helping an old lady across the road?
Robot: ROBOT KICK.
Interviewer: Tending to a sick puppy?
Interviewer: ROBOT KICK. THEN ROBOT KILL SOME BABIES.
Interviewer: Riiiiiiight.
Robot: I JUST WANT TO BE PRETTY. MONKEY BANANA FIRE.

This is why you don't mix AI and kicking. Duh.

A WINNER IS TEH YUO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201479)

This, unlike the lame "I for one welcome our..." jokes is actually funny. You made a funny. Good job, write more.

hehe (1)

silicon not in the v (669585) | about 11 years ago | (#7201424)

OK, I'll take on of the other standard jokes.
In feudal Japan, kung fu robots beat you!

Well really, how many Russians do you know who do kung fu???

Pictures of the other robot. (1)

Bistronaut (267467) | about 11 years ago | (#7201435)

I searched for, and found pictures of the robot that they say can do flips. An MPEG would be nice, but oh well.

Quentin Tarantino's next movie... (1)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | about 11 years ago | (#7201437)

Kill Bill : part robot

get it?

CB

Interesting Linux wording (2, Interesting)

gilgongo (57446) | about 11 years ago | (#7201446)

I see the article says "HOAP-2 is designed as an aid to robotics research and therefore runs on open source, Linux-based software."

"therefore runs" is an interesting choice of words by the writer. Does it imply that Linux now has a reputation as a scientifically-orientated OS?

Re:Interesting Linux wording (1)

EngMedic (604629) | about 11 years ago | (#7201601)

Does it imply that Linux now has a reputation as a scientifically-orientated OS?

well, it's safe to say it's not going to get a reputation as a gramatically-oriented OS...

Here's what I'm looking for. (1)

imehler (461005) | about 11 years ago | (#7201452)

Sumo Vs. Sawblade! Kenpo Vs. Killalot! Aikido Vs. Actuator! The ultimate Robot Wars showdown is here - tonight on Tech TV!

The Next Step (1)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | about 11 years ago | (#7201455)

"Now the only thing left to do is program the enemy recognition system. That's the CCD imager and decision chip that decides whether the robot defends you or butterfly kick's your shoulders off. Right now it's a little less than 60% accurate. But hey, we're making progress, and we've got plenty of research assistants left."

Link is slow, here's the text (0)

scumbucket (680352) | about 11 years ago | (#7201459)

Humanoid robots capable of performing somersaults and complex martial arts moves were demonstrated at Asia's largest electronics and computing fair in Tokyo on Saturday.

Visitors to CEATEC 2003 (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) met Morph3, a human-like robot about 30-centimetres tall developed by researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. It can perform back flips and karate moves thanks to 138 pressure sensors, 30 different onboard motors and 14 computer processors.

Another miniature humanoid robot on display was Fujitsu's HOAP-2. This droid has been programmed to perform moves from the Chinese martial art taijiquan, as well as Japanese Sumo wrestling stances.

HOAP-2 is designed as an aid to robotics research and therefore runs on open source, Linux-based software. Fujitsu believes it will sell between 20 and 30 of the robots to universities and companies in 2004.

But impressive as these high-kicking robots are, Frederic Kaplan, at Sony's robotics laboratory in France, says making more agile robots is not the biggest challenge facing robotics researchers at the moment.

"There are challenges in terms of mechanics still, but the biggest gap would be in intelligence," he told New Scientist. "One of the key things we are looking at now is developmental robotics, where a robot learns."

Namco predicted this (1)

wuice (71668) | about 11 years ago | (#7201461)

This battle robot [namcoarcade.com] sounds like the insidious work of Violet [namcoarcade.com] .

The REAL Ultimate POWER! (4, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | about 11 years ago | (#7201467)

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And that's what I call REAL Ultimate Power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't believe that ninja robots have REAL Ultimate Power you better get a life right now or they will chop your head off!!! It's an easy choice, if you ask me.

Ninja robots are sooooooooooo sweet that I want to crap my pants. I can't believe it sometimes, but I feel it inside my heart. These guys are totally awesome and that's a fact. Ninja robots are fast, smooth, cool, strong, powerful, and sweet. I can't wait to start yoga next year. I love ninja robots with all of my body (including my pee pee).

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Anime? (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 11 years ago | (#7201474)

What is it about the Japanese and their giant fighing robots?

fsck you! (2, Funny)

orthogonal (588627) | about 11 years ago | (#7201476)

Hey Slashdot wimps!

Here's your chance to get back at all the bullies who harassed and mocked you!

With a bodyguard that runs linux!

How agile are they (1)

sielwolf (246764) | about 11 years ago | (#7201483)

Yeah, its a nice pick and shows off a lot of skill (getting a little robot to balance on one leg from a standing position is no simple feat).

But how quickly does it do this? I didn't see any video and AFAIK these little robots move slow as if they were doing tai-chi. It's still very cool but any sort of real-world app (say playing ping-pong, making its way through city traffic, making me a cup of coffee) would require more responsive reflexes.

Maybe it's just an issue of processing power or mechanical ability (or it might require more elegant algs) but I'd like to see if they could speed these things up. If they ever plan to beat the human World Cup champs in 2025 (or whatever) they're going to need to somehow hold off those fastbreaks.

Interesting... (2, Interesting)

_ph1ux_ (216706) | about 11 years ago | (#7201487)

I was just reading about these robots in Popular Science - (febuary 2003) where they were talking about this robot in the pic (HOAP) and others like the Honda Asimo...

They were talking about the differing perspectives between japanese robots and US ones - where the japanese are going after the humanoid approach and the US robots tend to be designed around a specific task.

There was a quote from Joe Engelberger "The Father of Industrial Robotics": "Robots dont need a mind of their own" and he states that Robots don't need to have human-like ambulatory abilities (legs) that "wheels are fine for most applications"

The first though that jumped into my head was, seriously, "Ya, but how are they going to do martial arts!"

The thing is that if we are going to build a super army of TX-thousands - then we need to begin work on bipedal humanoid robots and get them advanced enough to the point where they can accomplish fantastic feats of human movement like Gymnastics.

It may sound troll-ish but I am serious. I think that through the teaching of Robots to be able to move in the full range of motion that the human body is capable of - that we will learn a great deal about ourselves.

For instance there is something that I am really interested to know - how much your mind has control over your ability to accomplish certain moves. Take martial arts as a perfect example - as a machine - the human body is capable of a great many things - we can move in fantastic ways. But there are times when you see humans moveing in "Super-human" ways. How much of the "Super-human" is mind - and how much is actual application of physics.

I would love to see a robot that was physically designed to be as complex as a human in movement - meaning being able to be as soft, hard supple and dexteritous as someone like say, jackie chan. Then get jackie chan to wear sensors that would translate and transmit all movements to a robot which would mirror his every single move.

Would the robot be able to have as fine control over its balance as Mr Chan would? would the robot be able to actually do some of the moves without falling over - or would they be indentical?

I beleive that we will find out that there is a lot more to our movements than jsut pure mechanics and straightforward physics.

BattleBots (1)

mOdQuArK! (87332) | about 11 years ago | (#7201510)

Am I the only person who immediately these robots would've been great to use in such a show?

Of course, you might get objections from the companies that spend hundreds of millions on research to build these things (and from the guys who can't build the same things in their garages...)

well almost to robocop (1)

Baca (7658) | about 11 years ago | (#7201511)

samuri robocop

Beware the monkeys! (1)

silicongodcom (241132) | about 11 years ago | (#7201523)

Don't let the monkeys [washingtonpost.com] get hold of these! We'll all be doomed!

No more Robot Soccer (1)

kmahan (80459) | about 11 years ago | (#7201527)

While Robot Soccer competitions are neat they are a little slow (read "boring"). Now we can have Robot Martial Arts tournements. Much more fun. Much more competitive. "I knocked your block off."

And for those that remember the distant past imagine a robot saying "I know kungfu" via a Votrax chip. Be nice to have a WAV of that.

Training bot? (1)

bkhl (189311) | about 11 years ago | (#7201529)

Doing some martial art myself, I could appreciate one of these as a training tool, if they made them robust enough.

A dummy that makes attack attempts would be so much better than a dumb dummy.

Hal meets the matrix (1)

jishak (571556) | about 11 years ago | (#7201536)

Personally, I'm bloody scared. It's only a matter of time before the computer and the robot get together. First the computer won't let me do what I want. Then, when I do it again, it's gonna whup my ass. Talk about getting some sense beat into you.

me: $ rm -rf *

robot: I'll show you "rm -rf *"

I draw the line at Johnny 5 singing and playing music.

Mushing intruders (1)

onyxruby (118189) | about 11 years ago | (#7201538)

So, if your kung-fu robot whacks intruders [guardian.co.uk] who break into your residence, does it go on trial instead of you?

What to do if you happen upon one of these (2, Funny)

Fastball (91927) | about 11 years ago | (#7201545)

If you work in a firearms store, and someone comes in and asks for a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range, RUN! Don't call the authorities! Don't reason with it! RUN!

Same goes if someone ask you for your clothes, boots, and motorcycle.

All your kung-foo robots... (1)

BlueWire (9674) | about 11 years ago | (#7201550)

...are belong to me!

Fist Full of Yen (1)

jamiesan (715069) | about 11 years ago | (#7201551)

They are literally building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. A Toy Robot!!!! Aiiiigghhhh!

Think of the games! (1)

mblase (200735) | about 11 years ago | (#7201553)

Before I even looked at the pics, I had one thing in mind: a whole new way to play "Virtua Fighter 5".

C'mon, you KNOW that's what they'll do first.

wow (2, Funny)

Stalemate (105992) | about 11 years ago | (#7201560)

we're really asking for it now, aren't we?

yeah, but can they... (1)

mengel (13619) | about 11 years ago | (#7201566)

Can they do these stunts in a variable cross-wind? On uneven terrain?

It does bring that whole RoboCop thing into perspective, though, doesn't it?

Imagine.. (1)

_ph1ux_ (216706) | about 11 years ago | (#7201570)

A kung-fu fight seen with a beowolf cluster of these things!

Just Another /. Dupe (1)

ticklemeozmo (595926) | about 11 years ago | (#7201572)

Doesn't anyone remember Rock'em Sock'em Robots [amazon.com] ??

Now we all must... (1)

Kadagan AU (638260) | about 11 years ago | (#7201589)

bow before the power of the ninja robots!
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