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The Force is Strong With JediBot [Video]

Students at Stanford University have finally made it possible to have a lightsaber fight with a robot. Be still my heart. In the video, the students who worked on the project explain why they decided to build a sword-fighting robot (spoilers: because they could, that’s why), and why there’s is unique. You may have seen robots fencing with each other, but this robot tracks and responds to the human fighter’s movement, making it a truly interactive experience.

And those colorful “lightsabers” aren’t just for show, either. The robot tracks the position of the green sword, so if you turn to the Dark Side and take up the red saber, the bot will be blind to you.

(via IEEE)

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