Thursday, May 8, 2008

Push-kun the trash can robot amuses all

Agreed robots have been created to serve mankind, but once in awhile its good to create ones that have no specific purpose in life and entertain us. The Push-kun (a.k.a. Mr. Push) is a robot with a crab-like gait. It tells jokes; plays drum rolls on itself, tosses oversized dice and performs other amusing antics. Osaka-based Robot Force has created it, and it gave stiff competition to its opponents in the Baka RoboCup 2007 competition. Check out Push-kun's moves in this video shot at a recent robot conference in Tokyo. A little red robot named OniRoppo, also created by Robot Force, appears toward the end of the video.

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