Murata Boy and Murata Girl

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Murata Boy and Murata Girl
Murata Boy at CEATEC 2005
Murata Boy at CEATEC 2005
Manufacturer Murata Manufacturing
Country Japan
Year of creation 2005 (Murata Boy)
2008 (Murata Girl)
Price $ 500,000 (each)[1]
Purpose Technology demonstrator
Website Official website

Murata Boy and Murata Girl are two self-balancing robots developed by Murata Manufacturing, a Japanese electronic components company. The company developed the robots to showcase a range of their products and generate publicity.[2][3] The robots are designed to be as energy-efficient as possible, both in their basic technological components and through features like automatic sleep mode.[1]

Murata Boy[edit]

Murata Boy is a bicycle-riding robot which, standing 50 cm tall and weighing 5 kg, can travel at a speed up to 2 km per hour. It can balance on the bike moving forwards, backwards, and when remaining still (without planting his feet on the ground). The robot is equipped with:[2][4]

Murata Boy was listed on TIME magazine's list of Best Inventions of 2006.[5]

Murata Girl[edit]

Murata Girl is a unicycle-riding robot released in 2008, standing 50 cm tall and weighing 6 kg that can travel at a speed of 5 cm per second and can ride along a balance beam.[1][2] She is equipped with the following:[2][6]

  • gyro sensors (for stability and redressing)
  • a shock sensor (for impact detection)
  • a temperature monitor
  • a CCD camera
  • an ultrasonic sensor (for obstacle detection)
  • an infrared sensor (for detecting human movement)
  • wi-fi and energy-efficient close-distance bluetooth modules

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "CES 2011: murata boy + murata girl robots". Designboom. January 11, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "MuRata Boy and Girl robots unicycle their way into our hearts. Slowly.". CNet. January 9, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Some Hard-Working Celebrities of the Robot World". Nippon.com. July 20, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Murata Boy description". Robotics Today. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Transportation - Robobike". Time Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Murata Girl description". Robotics Today. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 

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