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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Robot fighting

A few days ago I was teaching Swedish to a Japanese family that lived a few years in Stockholm (I teach Swedish as a volunteer from time to time, since it is a chance for me to use Swedish too).

There son showed me one of his Christmas presents, two fighting robots. You control them using wireless controls that are like the Nintendo Wii remotes. You shake your left hand to throw a punch with the robot's left arm and you shake your right hand to throw punches with the robot's right arm. To move, you punch in the air and the robot will move around because the arms are very heavy compared to the body.

The robots have a pressure sensor in the face, and they display with a red light that they have been punched out too many times and consider themselves to have lost the fight.

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