Robot Rides Bicycle

Riding a bike can be a challenge for humans, so seeing inventor Masahiko Yamaguchi's remote-controlled miniature robot riding along on an equally miniature bicycle is quite a thrill.

"I'm interested in artificial intelligence, and in that context, I think intelligence and skills have equal value," said Yamaguchi. "So my purpose in creating this robot was to pursue intelligence from the skills side. While I was thinking of suitable topics, my local science museum demonstrated a cycling robot. So I decided to consider cycling as the skill, and build a bicycle robot."

The pint-sized rider pedals with its own feet and maintains its balance by adjusting the handlebars as needed. To keep track of tilt and make corrections to prevent falling over, Yamaguchi made his own control board with a SH7125 CPU core and incorporated a Tamagawa Seiki TAG201 gyro into the design. A proportional-integral-derivative controller (PID) governs the robot's balancing action.


Robot Rides Bicycle

Robot Rides Bicycle

Robot Rides Bicycle


Robot Rides Bicycle