self transforming machine elf thumbnail Self Transforming Machine Elf is Pleased...

…that you have discovered this technology.

This is a remarkable YouTube video posted by 29-year old Japanese user kenjiishida011, showing a remote-controlled Transformer-type toy that can not only change from car to robot under its own power, but dance out of frame when it’s done.  Snip:

While details are a bit light, the robot on display was apparently built by Kenji Ishida and JS Robotics, and is just the latest in a series of transforming bots that Ishida has been working on (version eight, to be specific). About the only other detail revealed is that it makes use of 22 servo motors to turn from a car into a surprisingly mobile humanoid robot

[Thanks, Matt!]

Transforming robot effortlessly turns into a car, faces tougher maneuver into retail (video) — Engadget

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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