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June 11th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-11 06:00
  Subject:   [Digg] Star Trek vs. Star Wars.
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  Music:The Refreshments - Banditos


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNxhrPaaCA4

(There's also the short form.)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-11 22:05
  Subject:   [Digg] I, for one, welcome our smoothly striding samurai robot overlords.
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  Music:Kraftwerk - The Robots


http://kiyomori.jp/main.html

Kiyomori, made by the always amusingly named TMSuk Corp, is a 37 DOF robot clad in traditional samurai armor, as his namesake the Heian-era warlord Taira no Kiyomori often was.



http://www.robots-dreams.com/2005/12/the_robot_wow_f.html

They're making a lot of noise about how "Kiyomori's knees are flexible". I think this is either marketing misunderstanding, or else he uses some form of compliant/series elastic actuators on the knees. I'm always in favor of using series elastic actuators in robots - it simply mimics the human muscle/tendon combo much better. But I don't think that feature is the breakthrough here.

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