Is a Robotic Goat Practical?
Updated: May 2
Meet Bex: Kawasaki Robotics Latest Innovation
We’ve all heard of robotic dogs, cats, and even turtles, but how about a robotic ibex? That’s right, the folks at Kawasaki have developed a robotic ibex — named “Bex” — or goat, to help Japan’s aging population with transportation needs and transporting heavy materials. Let’s take a closer look at this unique invention.
What is Bex? Bex is an innovative robot from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) designed to help older people in Japan with basic transport tasks. The robot is modeled after the wild ibex and features a sleek design for easy maneuvering in tight spaces. It can also carry up to 100kg (220 lbs) of weight, making it ideal for carrying large items around the work site or outside. Additionally, Bex has four-wheel drive capabilities and can reach blistering speeds of up to 5 km/h (3mph). It's safe to say you won’t be too much of a threat to other pedestrians. Walking on all fours makes it capable of navigating various types of terrain without much difficulty.
The Technology Behind Bex Bex utilizes advanced technology to make it as efficient as possible. It has two cameras — one on each side — that allow it to detect obstacles in its path and avoid them accordingly. The robot also uses sensors to detect changes in terrain so that it can adjust its speed appropriately. Its powerful lithium-ion battery allows Bex to run for up to 8 hours before needing a recharge. When the terrain is more forgiving, the robot can use the included wheels for a smoother ride.
Uses for Bex KHI is currently testing Bex in various settings, such as airports and hospitals, where it can be used for transporting luggage or medical equipment. In addition, the company plans on demonstrating it at exhibitions to gain more public feedback about the robot’s potential uses.
Conclusion: All things considered, Kawasaki’s new robotic ibex — known as “Bex” — is an interesting invention with many potential applications. From helping the elderly with basic transportation tasks around their homes or carrying heavy materials outdoors, there are many ways this robot could come in handy! Although time will tell just how successful “Bex” will be in the long run, we can rest assured knowing that Kawasaki has developed yet another cutting-edge piece of technology that could revolutionize our lives!