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    "Punching Pro" Sparring Robot.

    Australian Structural Designer Kris Tressider is developing a sparring aid which punches back. He has videos of his prototype in action.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/punchingpro

    http://punchingpro.com/

    The Punching Pro is an automated sparring partner which is designed to make it trickier to land punches by creating a semi-randomised range of arm movements.

    The arms can rotate at varying speeds, on a couple of different planes, so that the torso of the dummy is obscured and you are forced to duck and weave in order to avoid the arms and land a punch.

    The head is mounted on a firm spring, so if you hit it, it responds with a similar amount of resistance to a human head.


    The Punching Pro's articulated steel arms are driven by two 12-volt windshield wiper motors, which run off mains power. Each arm swivels on a golf-cart-wheel-derived rotational shoulder axis, and incorporates a bending cable-controlled elbow. This feature allows the arms to tuck, swing and extend, not unlike a human's.
    The height of the apparatus and the reach of the arms can be adjusted to suit individual users, as can the speed at which the device throws punches. Weights can be added to its base, to keep it stable.
    While a cam mechanism ensures that the arms will always swing in a non-conflicting alternating left-right pattern, individual controls for each arm are said to add a degree of unpredictability to the Pro's actions. A third motor can also be added, which introduces random combinations of hooks and jabs to the mix.


    Punching Pro for a retail price of under US$1,000.
    Looks like some good rockem sockem fun. Hopefully he gets the support he needs to develop it.

    #2
    I definitely agree. While this kind of training can never replace focus pads or sparring, it can certainly replace static bag drills.
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      #3
      Very cool. It'd be nice if the machine had a little more sting to its punches. Like...say...one of these.

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        #4
        I don't really see what this has to offer over and above a standard double ended type speed ball. If you have time and money for a giant rock em sock em robot,then a speed ball and a gym would be a better option i would have thought. Additionally the speed ball is nowhere near as predictable movement/striking wise and requires footwork. However, i can see the gimmick crowd taking it up because that "old style" training isn't scientific enough.

        I have nothing against new training aids and methods but if they are no better than existing options then why bother??

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          #5
          I guess... if all your sparring partners are gassed out or sick or something.

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            #6
            Originally posted by KiwiPhil889 View Post
            I don't really see what this has to offer over and above a standard double ended type speed ball. If you have time and money for a giant rock em sock em robot,then a speed ball and a gym would be a better option i would have thought. Additionally the speed ball is nowhere near as predictable movement/striking wise and requires footwork. However, i can see the gimmick crowd taking it up because that "old style" training isn't scientific enough.

            I have nothing against new training aids and methods but if they are no better than existing options then why bother??
            To be honest, I hadn't really considered this angle. After reading your position, I would tend to agree.
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              #7
              keep in mind that this is just a proto-type, it looks promising.
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                #8
                Judging by the location of his chin in those shots, the robot isn't doing its job.
                "Boxing is the art of hitting an opponent from the furthest distance away, exposing the least amount of your body while getting into position to punch with maximum leverage and not getting hit."
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                  #9
                  Ha and they all laughed when I made this thread:
                  Combat Robotics

                  This is what I called a "Type IV Sparbot".

                  I too am working on robot designs for fight training applications, mostly conceptual with a few physics models at this point, but this guy basically built exactly what I have in my engineering tablet for a type IV prototype, except his actuators seem electronic as opposed to pneumatic, which I think is required for more realistic punching/movement.
                  Last edited by W. Rabbit; 4/15/2011 7:10am, .

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Sang View Post
                    Judging by the location of his chin in those shots, the robot isn't doing its job.
                    The robot has no machine vision so it can't really target anything, and I can't tell just yet whether the actuation is pneumatic or electronic (I think the latter based on movement) but if you watch the arms are just following a programmed pattern. For this thing to actually hit you, you'd have to feed your face to it...but it's 10x faster and more resilient than anything I've seen in the fight training robots out of New Zealand or Japan.

                    Now, when this guy goes and adds a Kinect sensor or something similar to the top, and is able to program the bot to target points on the human, then we're talking.

                    As an amateur roboticist I'm already impressed with the speed/mobility of this design.

                    The striking power will never be that great with electrical actuation, there will be too little acceleration. But if he uses pneumatics (for the reason I discuss in my thread) he'll get stronger punching and less predictable arm movement.
                    Last edited by W. Rabbit; 4/15/2011 7:01am, .

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                      #11
                      Beware the future

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by KiwiPhil889 View Post
                        I don't really see what this has to offer over and above a standard double ended type speed ball. If you have time and money for a giant rock em sock em robot,then a speed ball and a gym would be a better option i would have thought. Additionally the speed ball is nowhere near as predictable movement/striking wise and requires footwork. However, i can see the gimmick crowd taking it up because that "old style" training isn't scientific enough.

                        I have nothing against new training aids and methods but if they are no better than existing options then why bother??
                        This. Prototype or not, I can think of far better ways to spend a grand if I wanted to learn to box.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Kovacs View Post
                          This. Prototype or not, I can think of far better ways to spend a grand if I wanted to learn to box.
                          People once spent $5000 on personal computers that could only make spreadsheets and text documents.

                          This isn't for learning how to box. It's for sparring on your own, at home.

                          Or, as a standard piece of gym equipment.

                          $1000 is not a lot for a piece of high tech gym equipment.
                          Last edited by W. Rabbit; 4/15/2011 8:17am, .

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                            #14
                            How is this any better than a wooden dummy?

                            I take it back its much much worse than a wooden dummy.

                            I guess it is cool from a robotics perspective but just awful from a fight training perspective.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by W. Rabbit View Post
                              I too am working on robot designs for fight training applications, mostly conceptual with a few physics models at this point, but this guy basically built exactly what I have in my engineering tablet for a type IV prototype, except his actuators seem electronic as opposed to pneumatic, which I think is required for more realistic punching/movement.
                              You (specifically you, White Q. Rabbit) should learn how to spar with a human being first.


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