Played any boxing video games, like Fight Night Champion, lately? What if your opponent could hit you in the face? Australian designer Kris Tressider built a robot that can take and deliver plenty of punches.
The Punching Pro is a training partner for those who like to keep fit in unusual ways. It has arms that flail around automatically and a soft head and chest to cushion your blows.
The arms swivel on wheels from a golf cart and are powered by windshield wiper motors attached to steel cables. A dial controls speed and agility, and there's a "martial arts mode" in which the dummy throws hooks and jabs at various speeds.
The arm movements look pretty predictable, but apparently are "semi-randomized." The punches probably don't hurt all that much. The point is to avoid them.
Tressider hopes to sell the Punching Pro for less than a thousand Australian dollars. Would you go for a round or two against it?
(Via IEEE Spectrum)