Japanese Professor Builds Fantastically Impractical Anti-Wasp Robot

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Japanese Professor Builds Fantastically Impractical Anti-Wasp Robot

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The latest in anti-wasp technology has a lot more legs than it needs to, and much sillier hair.

Professor Sekine from Utsunomiya, Japan is building a robot that can spray wasp nests with insecticide, thus keeping fleshy humans safe from the wasps' cruel stings. But rather than build a remote controlled helicopter with a can of bug spray strapped to it, or something equally simple, he's working on a humanoid robot with a mohawk that can climb ladders.

Sekine started working on the robot when a friend who was involved in local pest control efforts asked him to come up with an alternative to getting up close and personal with the nest. Clad in a bright yellow t-shirt, the robot - named Mohican, after its hair - is around 5'6", made of lightweight metals and wood and powered by small motors. The operator can issue commands to Mohican, such as "climb the ladder," via a small microphone and then remotely control its finer movements. The robot's hair, which started off on a barbershop mannequin, is supposed to look silly, so that people realise that the robot is friendly. Mohican should go into action next spring, once people have had an opportunity to train with it.

Japanese wasps are actually more like hornets, and getting stung can in some cases lead to hospitalization, so it's not hard to imagine why people might want a better way to deal with nests than a ladder and nerves of steel. Even so, Mohican is an astoundingly impractical solution to the problem, when dozens of more elegant - and cheaper - options are available. Plus, I'm not entirely sure that teaching a robot to kill is such a good idea. Sure, it's just wasps in the beginning, but where does it end? The utter subjugation of the human race, that's where.

Source: Plastic Pals via io9

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Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Bwahahahahah

The robot's hair, which started off on a barbershop mannequin, is supposed to look silly, so that people realise that the robot is friendly

A MOHICAN haircut, to make it look FRIENDLY?! Aren't mohawks usually donned to intimidate people? Why does it even need a haircut? Or eyes? Or anything at all? Ohh, Japan, you've done it again.

"Hey, I have an idea! Why don't we make a robot that climbs a ladder and sprays bee nests?"

"That's idiotic and a waste of money."

"It has a mohawk."

"Where do we get started?"

All this guy needs is a dog named Gromit.

Seriously, they could of made more practical robots by now. Like robots in the shape of dogs to retreive my mail of fetch me a beer.

Casual Shinji:
All this guy needs is a dog named Gromit.

Hehe. Japan. What a wierd country.

Logan Westbrook:
The latest in ant-wasp technology has a lot more legs than it needs to, and much sillier hair.

I hate those Ant-wasps so much!
This is one step closer to having robot soldiers that will destroy mankind. Someone make one that looks like Arnie!

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

JESUS CHRIST if that isn't five kinds of nightmare fuel.

tzimize:

Casual Shinji:
All this guy needs is a dog named Gromit.

Hehe. Japan. What a wierd country.

It's actually quite surprising that there hasn't been a Japanese inventor yet to create a pair of robot trousers.

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Why are we concerned with Japanese robots attacking us, clearly these things are the threat!

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Best video ive watched today!

Put a monkey suit on it and have it knock on peoples windows.
Im sure it would be better as a prank device ((or military)) then an anti-bee tool.
Ive always thought an incendiary grenade would be the best method of bee/wasp removal.

That or a really hungry bear. Those things rock for removing bees.

I think it's adorable. I'm glad I have Japanese tomorrow.

Well i like to think that many a person including mister Sekine likes to make simple projects into complicated expensive time-wasting tools that will only work once. On the other had he is probably doing this just to show off his manly brain power!

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Ugh, that video just made me a little sick.

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

This is where game developers should get their ideas, like come on this is nature at its best!

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

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learned something today.... don't go to japan.

Finding a way to make a robot climb a ladder efficiently (it's all about coordination, baby!) is probably the bigger goal of this project. Consider that bipedal robots are difficult enough to make as is. If you teach them the finer points in coordination, we're probably doomed.

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Wow.... That's three more reasons why I don't want to set foot in Japan, ever:

1. Killer robots.
2. Killer wasps from Hell
3. Swarming killer bees from Japan

you could be really cruel and go up to this guy and point out an aerosol on a stick would do the same job but i wouldn't have the heart

For the love of.... JAPAN! STOP MAKING ROBOTS!

I see that Japan remains the ever faithful customer to the ACME corporation. I imagine for a project of this scale though they were smart enough to consult Dr. E. Coyote, yes?

Could be worse... at least it's human form... you have seen some of the anime that comes out of Japan right? Imagine if he took inspiration from some of the things in there... I shudder at the thought of some of those things be turned into killbots.

Casual Shinji:

tzimize:

Casual Shinji:
All this guy needs is a dog named Gromit.

Hehe. Japan. What a wierd country.

It's actually quite surprising that there hasn't been a Japanese inventor yet to create a pair of robot trousers.

And some how invent them so that despite their function as replacement legs, they can still be 'worn'. Somehow. Ah Wallace and Gromit, how I love thee.

That's just the prototype stage, the next design will be 100 feet tall, have a jet pack and ten miniguns firing incindiary rounds.

but you know, this could be reaaaally creepy. Imagine the robot just jerkily walking at someone and spraying them in the face with the poison. All with that perfect hair.

It's a good thing that Japan is far far away.

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

Holy Crap!

Suddenly JRPG enemies make a lot more sense.

Seriously, I've come across so many giant wasps in them... But considering Japan has actual 5cm long wasps... Doesn't seem so strange anymore. XD

Not only is this less practical than an RC helicopter sprayer (by a LANDSLIDE), it's actually less cool. I would much rather see a wasp battling RC chopper

I'm really getting tired of the whole 'robots will be the end of us' attitude of the articles here. It was mildly amusing the first 4 or 5 times. But since then it has become somewhat overused.

Plus, I'm not entirely sure that teaching a robot to kill is such a good idea.

Will you guys EVER stop making the skynet joke?

Further proof that any problem, no matter how inane, should be solved by an advanced, humanoid, bipedal robot.

Casual Shinji:
All this guy needs is a dog named Gromit.

I bet he has a passion for cheeses, as well.

I love these mad stories.

A robot? I thought they would atleast make a gaint mech or something...

Still its kinda of cool though i would use a flamethrower instead.

BURN! MOHAHAHA!

Sevre90210:
Hah, if you want to take on a Japanese wasp, you use a Japanese bee. Or a few thousand of them!

SWARM MY PRETTIES!

That's incredible, cheers

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