Finally, a Robot That Can Punch You in the Face

No more mindless beating on inanimate punching bags; this sparring robot will try its best to deck you

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Evan Ackerman is IEEE Spectrum’s robotics editor.

Finally, a Robot That Can Punch You in the Face

I guess not being punched is just not good enough for some people, so an Australian structural engineer named Kris Tressider has built himself a robot to fight with. It may be powered by windshield wiper motors, but in no way stops it from flailing about in a threatening manner. See for yourself: 

The robot can be adjusted in innumerable different ways, and it's not just repeating the same motions over again: it randomly throws both jabs and hooks at different speeds and from slightly different directions. And there's also this:

"A third electric motor can then be engaged via an opposing cam cable device to become berserk."

Berserk.

An indestructible punching robot with a berserk mode. What, besides a major motion picture, could possibly go wrong?

Kris hopes to turn Punching Pro into an actual product that you can buy and hide in the closet of whoever needs a good old-fashioned throttling; the target price is somewhere just under $1,000.

[ Punching Pro ] via [ Gizmag ]

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