Video: Japan’s Murata Girl Bot Unicycles on a Curved Balance Beam
Following in the footsteps of many robots we’ve seen who perform awesome but random feats, Japanese electronics company Murata has...
Following in the footsteps of many robots we’ve seen who perform awesome but random feats, Japanese electronics company Murata has revealed an update of their Little Seiko humanoid robot for 2010. Murata Girl, as she is known, is 50 centimeters tall, weighs six kilograms and can unicycle backwards and forwards.
Whereas in her previous iteration, she could only ride across a straight balance beam, she is now capable of navigating an S-curve as thin as 2.5 centimeters (only one centimeter wider than the tire of her unicycle)
The secret is a balancing mechanism that calculates the degree she needs to turn at to safely maneuver around the curves. She also makes use of a perhaps more rudimentary, but nonetheless effective, balancing mechanism and holds her arms stretched out to her sides, Nastia Liukin-style. Murata Girl is battery-powered, outfitted with a camera, and controllable via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Also, because we know you were wondering, she’s a Virgo and her favorite pastime is (naturally) “practicing riding her unicycle at the park.”
Watch her daintily and perfectly execute an S-curve below: