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Kawasaki unveiled a goat-shaped robot and a human-like robot at Tokyo!

At the International Robot Exhibition Tokyo 2022, the motorcycle company Kawasaki Robotics introduced the first four-legged rideable robot.
Kawasaki unveiled a goat-shaped robot and a human-like robot at Tokyo!
A demo video of the Bex with a rider

A robotic goat that transforms into a motor-like vehicle

The company developed the robot called Bex under its Kaleido program which has been focusing its efforts on humanoid robots since 2015. After 7 years, Kawasaki finally demonstrated the features of this innovation during the huge tech event.

The source said that the team was looking for a practicable interim solution when developing humanoid robots that walk on two legs and service robots that drive on wheels.

In the video shown, the goat-shaped robot exhibited how agile it is that it can alternate its limbs like the Boston Dynamic's robot dog. Also, the Bex can lower itself then transform itself into wheels.

According to Kaleido program's lead engineer Masayuki Soube, this could help provide a temporary solution to the balance issues robots face.

The demo also shows a person riding astride the Bex, using the robot as a type of vehicle. Apparently, the rider can control the robot via handlebars. Even though the company did not give any details on the robot's speed capacity, it seems that the Bex moved at a slow pace.

The program's website explained that the rideable robot can carry up to 220 pounds, including human passengers. Moreover, they claim that the body of Bex can be flexibly adapted to the respective application to address varying customer requirements.

Soube noted that they are still refining the robot but they expect that this can be useful for carrying cargo in warehouses and factories. Allegedly, the Bex sports a modular upper body so the goat construction can be removed if necessary.
The humanoid robot invented by Kawasaki
The humanoid robot invented by Kawasaki

Aside from this goat-shaped robot, Kawasaki also showcased a humanoid robot at the Tokyo event. Soube mentioned that the purpose of this one is for anything, including factory work, disaster relief, and nursing home care.

The practical use of robots has been relevant since the pandemic as companies struggled to resolve labor shortages.

Soube explained that programmers usually operated robots but the human-like bot allegedly can learn using motion capture.

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