Murata Boy returns with new tricks

Tech July 01, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Murata Boy, the famous bicycle-riding robot, returns to Thailand to show off his new tricks.

After making his first appearance here in 2007 at Thailand Science Week, he joined Nepcon Thailand at Bitec last month. Visitors were treated to hands-on experience of how Murata products work, and saw how these innovations are used in everyday life. 
The self-balancing robot is packed with electric components that allow him to have extraordinary balancing capabilities even after coming to a complete stop. 
The components include ultrasonic and gyro sensors, connectivity modules and AC/DC converters. 
Murata Boy can ride a bike on an S-curve balance beam, ride up a slope and run on a 2-centimetre wide balance beam. He never falls down even when he stops completely. 
Thanks to the gyro sensor under his seat, which can detect the slightest swaying of the body, the big wheel in the chest of the robot can counteract repeatedly to offset the swaying.
Murata Boy is the brainchild of Murata Manufacturing, a Japanese brand for chip monolithic ceramic capacitors, connectivity modules and various components and solutions.
The exact same components inside Murata Boy are manufactured by Murata for everyday items like smartphones, tablet computers, televisions, printers and cars.
In Thailand, Murata Electronics (Thailand), founded 25 years ago, produces small electronics components for home electric appliances and automobile parts.
It aims to provide innovative electronics solutions for auto products like car audio and keyless entry systems, digital still cameras, hard disk drives and home appliances.
Thailand is an important market for Murata. Almost one-quarter of its sales in the Asean plus India region are from here, Hideyuki Takeuchi, general manager of Thai Murata Electronics Trading, said recently. 
“We are seeing significant growth in market demand, especially for automobile products. And due to the market situation, we will increase sales 20 per cent above last year,” he said.