The 20-inch-tall, 11-pound robot was developed in 2005 in Kyoto Japan to showcase the various component technologies manufactured by Murata. Some of Murata Boy's more interesting features include a gyroscope sensor and flywheel that allow the robot to stay upright even when still, ultrasonic senors to detect obstacles, Bluetooth and wireless modules to control the robot and Lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
The robot can be controlled with a "Magic Stick" that sends signals to Murata Boy to move fowards, backwards or turn his head based on gestures made with the wand.
Business Development Manager Mark Waugh said the robot is used oversees to encourage Japanese students to take an interest in science and math and in the U.S. to demonstrate the company's technologies to current and potential business partners.
Murata makes all sorts of electronic components such as ceramic capicitors that go into smart phones, digital cameras and tablets, Waugh said.
Murata has two locations in Georgia including the distribution center in Rockmart.