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Japan rolls out cheerleading swarm robots

Tim Hornyak | Sept. 26, 2014
The synchronised dancing machines balance on balls.

For instance, it claims a 60 percent global share in connectivity modules, which allow mobile phones to access the Internet through radio signals. It also says it has a 95 percent global share of the market for shock sensors, which can protect data writing processes when hard disk drives experience an external shock.

But the cheerleading robots have more than just spirit. The software that wirelessly orchestrates their gyrations, developed with researchers from Kyoto University, could be used in future automotive safety systems, according to Murata, which also produces gyroscopes and accelerometers used in car stability control and anti-lock brakes.

Murata plans to show off its cheerleaders at the Ceatec tech expo from Oct. 7 to 11 outside Tokyo.


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