Ultralight 66-Foot-Long Robot Arm Paves the Way for Real-Life Giant Robots #Robotics

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Something that’s never addressed in Japanese anime: How would those giant robots support themselves, let alone generate the energy to move around? Just one of Voltron’s metal lions would be impossibly heavy; propelling it would be quite the physics challenge.

Well, researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Suzumori Endo Lab have come up with a partial solution, even if they’re focusing on industrial robots, not the villain-fighting kind. Their challenge was to create a workable robot arm 20 meters long (that’s nearly 66 feet). The arm needed to be able to support itself, as well as move around.

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