To demonstrate its prowess for producing electronic equipment, Japan's Murata Manufacturing unveiled the latest model of its bicycling robot, Murata Seisaku-Kun. The 50cm high cyclist can navigate an S-curve, pedal up a 2cm wide incline, or stop on a one-yen coin while maintaining its balance — all through the aid of ultrasonic and shock censors. The rider, which can be piloted via directives sent by wireless LAN or a mobile phone, will be showing off his moves at CEATEC JAPAN 2006, an IT and electronics trade show held next month in Chiba Prefecture.
Murata Manufacturing's New Bicycling Robot [Asahi Newspaper]
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