Robot wields a katana sword? We recently saw Machii slicing an 80mph fried shrimp. This time, he’s helping robotics maker Yaskawa Electric Corporation teach a robot the fine art of mastering a katana. Swell.
It posted a video of the robotic arm showing off its deft skill with a blade, which it learnt by motion capturing Japanese swordsman Isao Machii.
The robot takes on Machii in a number of challenges, performing complicated angled cuts and managing to slice with such speed and precision that it can easily halve a runner bean lengthways.
While he might not be able to match the robot, as humans go Machii is pretty swift, having recently sliced a fried shrimp fired at him at 80mph.
Robotic arms such as these are getting better and better at mimicking human movements, with one recently beating a world table tennis champion.