Robot instead of motorcycle: Kawasaki shows the probably slowest goat
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Robot instead of motorcycle: Kawasaki shows the probably slowest goat

Livia Gamper
Zurich, on 18.03.2022

Kawasaki presents an oversized goat robot in Tokyo. The giant animal drives, runs, flashes and can be ridden or carry loads. The goat is made for different terrains.

At the International Robotics Exhibition (iREX), Kawasaki, known for its motorcycles, is showing off a giant robot goat. The best way to see for yourself how the robot goat moves is to watch the video below - and how slow it is in contrast to Kawasaki's other companions.

Almost dancing to the electric music, but very leisurely, the white giant animal runs out of the gate and makes an extra lap for the journalists present. Then it switches to driving mode and rolls another lap with corners instead of curves. Then it waits patiently for its helmet-equipped rider. Back in running mode, the rider is shaken despite the leisurely pace. Neck and horns sparkle thanks to white LEDs.

According to Gizmodo, the Geiss was created in Kawasaki's Kaleido program. This is supposed to develop bipedal robots. However, the bipeds had difficulty moving around on uneven terrain - hence the Geiss. The carrying capacity of the electric animal is 110 kilograms and it can be steered with a handlebar.

Die Geiss kann auch Kisten tragen. Bild: ruetir.com.
Die Geiss kann auch Kisten tragen. Bild: ruetir.com.

The robot goat is to go by the name "Bex." The name probably comes from the Alpine ibex - this is called Ibex in Latin. So the robot could also be an ibex - a subspecies of goat.

The upper part of the goat is modular. Probably because not everyone wants to ride a goat. Without the animal motif, Bex is a simple and equally rideable load robot for various terrains.

Teaserbild: Screenshot Youtube ロボットスタート株式会社

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