Friday, September 30, 2005

Murata Boy

EE Times is reporting that Murata Manufacturing Co. has a robotic bicycle rider.

Murata, better known as a component manufacturer for everything from discrete components like resistors and capacitors up to spherical speakers, has manufactured the system as a vehicle for pimping their wide array of sensors. The miniature example was in preparation for the demonstration that is planned for the CEATEC Japan 2005 show next week. The story says that the robot can start and stop under its own power, and maintain a forward velocity of about 2 kilometers per hour. It won't be challenging Lance anytime soon, but it is a pretty impressive start.

If anybody has a picture of this thing, send it my way.

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