This Robot Replaces Sparring Partners
CREDIT: Punchingpro.com / Chris Tressider
People who box, or practice the martial arts, need the occasional sparring partner. (Professional boxers pay a lot of money to the guy whose job it is to get hit). But inventor Kris Tressider thought there had to be a better way, so he built a robotic partner out of off-the-shelf parts.
Called the Punchingpro, it’s a mechanical set of arms attached to a torso, with a spring-attached head. It uses several cam mechanisms driven by a combination of golf cart wheels (for the shoulders) and windshield wiper motors. The speed, height and reach of the punches can be adjusted, to improve a boxer’s skills. Tressider eventually wants to get enough funding to build and sell the machines at under the $1,000 price point.
Will it replace Freddy Roach? Probably not. But if this can get off the ground it will certainly cut down on the number of sparring partner injuries.
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