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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS ROBOT THAT CAN RIDE A BICYCLE...

Date: 2018-05-21


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The Primer V2 robot, designed by Mashiko Yamaguchi rides a bicycle using the same technique that a human does.

Developed by Japanese Roboticist, Mahiko Yamaguchi (Dr Guero), the Primer V2 is a robotic bicyclist who may be the world's first to ride its miniature fixed gear bike in exactly the same manner as a human: cycling on the pedals, maintaining its own balance via steering, and braking by dragging his feet along the ground.

These attributes advance Primer V2 beyond the Murata robot, who could ride a bicycle but was affixed to the pedals and handlebars.

It turns out that getting a robot to ride a bicycle doesn’t need to involve much more than a hobby level humanoid employing a relatively simple gyroscope that sends steering commands to keep things generally upright.

This bipedal robot (which can be yours for about $2200) has a nifty custom bike and can zip around under remote control at up to 10 kph, even making its own starts and stops.

The robot’s direction is controlled via remote control, but Yamaguchi notes:
"I’m interested in artificial intelligence, and in that context, I think intelligence and skills have equal value. my purpose in creating this robot was to pursue intelligence from the skills side [… but in the future] I’d like to link this robot’s skill to its intelligence. I personally don’t like using a remote control for the robot. I’d like to make the robot intelligent enough to ride by itself. this system is the first step toward doing that."



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