A Robot and a Master Swordsman Have a Battle of Blades


The Yaskawa Bushido Project sees iaijutsu master swordsman and Guinness World Record holder Isao Machii face off against a robotic arm in an epic contest of technique and endurance. Motion capture is used to teach the machine Machii’s cutting techniques and then a series of swordsmanship tests are undertaken. You can see the results in the video, which shows man and robot side-by-side to see if an algorithmic swordsman can trump years of training.

If nothing else, we get to see the awesome feat of a robot cutting a pea pod in half with a samurai sword.

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