Jedi vs. Sith In Robot Lightsaber Duel

Two Yaskawa robots perform a lightsaber duel at ICRA 2011

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Jedi vs. Sith In Robot Lightsaber Duel

yaskawa lightsaber duel icra 2011

In 2009, Yaskawa equipped three of its Motoman industrial robots with lightsabers and made them fight until there's only one bot standing perform a choreographed dance. Now it appears Yaskawa has realized that when you give lightsabers to robots, people expect to see a Jedi battle, not ballet moves. Check out the demo the company put together for this year's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), in Shanghai.

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How Robots Can Help Us Act and Feel Younger

Toyota’s Gill Pratt on enhancing independence in old age

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An illustration of a woman making a salad with robotic arms around her holding vegetables and other salad ingredients.
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By 2050, the global population aged 65 or more will be nearly double what it is today. The number of people over the age of 80 will triple, approaching half a billion. Supporting an aging population is a worldwide concern, but this demographic shift is especially pronounced in Japan, where more than a third of Japanese will be 65 or older by midcentury.

Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which was established by Toyota Motor Corp. in 2015 to explore autonomous cars, robotics, and “human amplification technologies,” has also been focusing a significant portion of its research on ways to help older people maintain their health, happiness, and independence as long as possible. While an important goal in itself, improving self-sufficiency for the elderly also reduces the amount of support they need from society more broadly. And without technological help, sustaining this population in an effective and dignified manner will grow increasingly difficult—first in Japan, but globally soon after.

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