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Video: Watch one of Google’s amazing robots reenact a classic scene from The Karate Kid

Published Nov 11th, 2014 9:30PM EST
Google Robot Karate Kid Video
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It’s been a little less than a year since Google embarked on a major spending spree of robotics firms and since then we haven’t heard too much about the company’s growing android army. Per 9to5Google, there’s a new video showing off a robot built by the Google-owned Boston Dynamics in which it reenacts the classic scene in The Karate Kid where Daniel stands atop a small barrel on a beach and tries to maintain balance while performing assorted moves.

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9to5Google notes that the robot, which is nicknamed Ian, stands at 6 feet 2 inches and weighs around 330 pounds, which seems surprisingly light considering that it’s made entirely of metal. For comparison, consider that New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is also 6’2″ and weighs approximately 325 pounds.

Boston Dynamics has made some of the most impressive robots of all Google’s recently acquired firms and its past creations include the Cheetah, a four-legged robot whose speed tops out at 28.3 miles per hour, which just happens to be a little faster than Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt runs on his best day; and BigDog, hulking four-legged robo-beast is designed to go over rough terrains and maintain its balance even when shoved forcefully.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.