Behold, the Sword-fighting Robot

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen robots wielding knives (or even chainsaws), but if you didn’t think humanity was quite doomed enough, here you go: a robot that’s been programmed to sword fight.

“The developed robot system recognizes both of the positions of a human player and that of the sword grasped by the robot hand. And it detects the moment when the human starts to move by using ChangeFinder which is a method of detecting the turning points.

Next it predicts the possible trajectories of the sword of the human player by a least-squares method from the moment when the attack started. Finally it judges the kinds of the attack and generates an appropriate defensive motion.” – Namiki Laboratory

This robot, designed by scientists at Namiki Laboratory, is brought to us straight from the epicenter of the coming robot apocalypse itself, Japan. It’s another one of those machines that can interpret human movements and react almost instantly, like that robot that always wins at Rock Paper Scissors.

But if you ever play a game against this one, try not to lose.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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