Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company known for extensive research, manufacturing, and sales of various electronic products made of fine ceramics.
Among its most recent creations is the world’s first bicycling robot, the Murata Boy. The humanoid robot stands 50 cm tall and weighs 5 kg, and has a movement speed of up to 2 km per hour. It is equipped with four types of sensors: two gyro sensors for detecting angular speed and inclination, a shock sensor to detect impacts to the body caused by rough surfaces, and an ultrasonic sensor to recognize obstruction. Murata Boy also has a built-in camera located in its head allowing it to trace its position very accurately.
The robot can access a wireless connection through a local area network (LAN) to receive commands like start, forward, backward, and stop. It can be controlled in real time or preprogrammed commands can be inputted and it will execute them in sequence.
The company also created a newer version of the robot, the Murata Boy Type ECO. It was built to incorporate additional improvements such as the latest energy-saving communications and sensor technologies. The added components include wireless Bluetooth and infrared sensors, which promote low energy consumption by automatically sending it to standby mode; power module for efficient energy conversion; and Wi-Fi module for easy transfer of large volumes of data in the shortest possible time.