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    eert a ekil yzarc SpiderMike's Avatar
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    Robot boy cyclist

    I saw this on the news this morning. http://robots.engadget.com/entry/1234000263061212/

    At 1.24 miles an hour, its not likely to be seen racing the TDF anytime soon. On cowoker summed it up best. At that speed he would beat us Houstonians the next time we have to evacuate.

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    His saddle is too low. He'll be getting knee pain.

    He should also ditch the back pack and get some panniers.
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    2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM slvoid's Avatar
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    Holy s**t, this thing can trackstand. Fixie riders, eat your heart out.

    Well at least it’s good to know that when robots take over the earth they won’t all be driving around in a bunch of road hogging cars. The “Murata Seisaku-kun” robot being built by Murata Manufacturing in Japan can get around on his very own bicycle; pedaling along at the nauseatingly slow pace of 1.24 miles an hour. He can follow pre-programmed paths and has a sensor to track which way he’s leaning and adjust the handlebars accordingly — too bad he won’t be going fast enough to steer it over any sweet jumps. The robot is actually so skilled at biking slow that he can maintain his upright position even while stopped due to a rotating disk built into his belly, which would’ve sure come in handy back when we used to race the neighbor kids to see who could bike the slowest. On the other hand, we’re sure glad we didn’t have to learn how to ride on a freaking balance beam like poor Murata seems to be doing.

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    Ummmm....I'm pretty sure I saw some footage over the last couple of days and that thing did fall over and about 3-4 of those Poindexters rushed in to try and catch it . Is the human body not good enough? Tell me what purpose this device will serve other than make it into the next Sharper Image catalogue.
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    2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM slvoid's Avatar
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    Well eventually they will out last and out perform human beings. Isn't that what we all want?

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