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Stanford University Students Create a “JediBot”

Back in April, we mentioned this school in Chile that will teach people how to become a Jedi. Unfortunately, that program is for kids, and let’s face it, even if it were also for adults, not too many of us could leave everything behind and go to Chile for a freaking a Jedi school. However, a robot could help us become one with the force without traveling to South America for an extended period of time.

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A student project at Stanford University has resulted in the creation of a “JediBot”. While the robot is simply a robotic arm with a foam version of a light saber, and doesn’t have artificial intelligence, it’s still remarkably fluid. It can swing it’s sword every 2 to 3 seconds and is able to react to your movements by using a Kinect sensor. The sole purpose of the robot was to help future Jedi train, so, we’re getting closer and closer to the world that George Lucas imagined a long, long time ago. The three and a half week “Experimental Robotics” course also saw students create robots that make you burgers and play golf. But, we’re just psyched about the “JediBot”.

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While the “JediBot” is awesome, it’s far from the first. In 2009, Yaskawa Electric Company gave three of it’s Motoman industrial robots lightsabers and had proceeded to have the robots perform a choreographed performance. Apparently, people were less than impressed and the company revamped the performance for a better Jedi dual at this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Shanghai.

So, my fellow Star Wars fans, are you impressed by these robots? Or, are they no where close to what Lucas would want from robots wielding lightsabers?

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