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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Unicycle-riding robot

Smart technology to come! Kyoto precision parts maker Murata Manufacturing has unveiled a unicycle-riding robot called Seiko-chan. The 50 cm-tall robot can go forward and back on one wheel and come to a full stop without toppling over. It uses the same gyro sensor and flywheel technology that went into Murata Boy, the firm's popular bicyclist robot. Kids who saw the biker asked the firm to create a unicyclist, and a female employee designed its look. The diminutive performer can be controlled via Bluetooth, and is also equipped with an obstacle sensor and a video camera.

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