Jason England

Japanese laboratory teaches robot to sword fight

Jason England
Japanese laboratory teaches robot to sword fight

The Namiki Laboratory in Japan, well known for its robotic arms and high-speed vision systems, have combined the two into a sword fighting machine that reacts faster than a human being can. If Terminator has taught you to fear robots becoming self-aware and killing the entire human race, this won't help.

With two high-speed cameras connected to a robotic arm, it can recognise the position of a human opponent and the movements of its own sword. Using custom algorithms, it can calculate the opponent's trajectory and form a defensive motion to protect itself.

And you thought a robot needed a gun to take you down.

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