If you enjoyed playing with Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots as a child you would love playing with this life-size version of a one-armed fighting robot designed by Qibo Robot Company. Qibo’s engineers have attempted to bring to life the spectacle of colossal robots engaging in electrifying boxing matches to life with their creation, Qibbot. This teleoperated one-armed robot is designed to mimic the real movements of a skilled human fighter, controlled by operators like a ringside coach. Qibbot’s reported response time of only 12 milliseconds is shown in the demonstration video below by the Qibo Robot Company.
The key to Qibbot’s high-speed operations lies in its low latency, making it highly responsive to its operators’ actions. Unlike many teleoperated robots, Qibbot’s reported response time is less than 1/15th of a second, providing an almost seamless experience for its handlers. By employing a “feed-forward” controller in addition to the conventional feedback controller, the Qibbot team anticipates system delays and offsets some of the latency caused by mechanical systems and virtual reality devices.
The project was initiated in 2019, and after three years of development, the first-generation Qibbot was launched in June. They are planning to create an upgraded version of Qibbot with two arms, more joints in each arm, and smoother movements by the end of this year.