Fighting Android FA1
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Winner of 2006 CES award for Innovation in Engineering
FA1 shown with Kickboxer, Craig Smith
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Self Defense Technologies, Inc. (SDT) has developed the world's first "true" fighting android. Specifically, SDT's invention is known as an electromechanical training apparatus or Fighting Android FA1. This android will revolutionize the training and conditioning of participants in boxing, martial arts and kick boxing along with providing both recreation and entertainment for the general public.
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Historically, participants in the above mentioned sports have required
many hours of training and conditioning to improve their skills of punching
and kicking; as well as, practicing defensive maneuvers of blocking, dodging
and ultimately counter attacking an opponent. Usually their passive training
was through the utilization of devices such as heavy weight bags, speed
bags and target boards. Also, handheld pads and punching dummies have been
used as additional training devices. Ultimately, participants have had
to spar against each other to hone hand-eye coordination and improve overall
physical conditioning in a more realistic setting.
Each of the above mentioned training methods has numerous shortcomings
in preparing a fighter for an actual match. The passive devices only receive
blows and offer no active resistance to the offensive fighter. Handheld
pads, punching dummies and other semi-active methods may subject participants
to higher risks of injury. The holder of pads or strap-on punching dummies
may sustain broken bones in the hand and wrist resulting from the delivery
of powerful kicks or strikes to the handheld targets. Over time, the holder
may develop a tendency to unconsciously pull the pad away just before the
moment of contact which could lead to injury to the fighter's muscles and
joints. Such defensive behaviors also diminish the development of proper
hand-eye coordination by the fighters.
Lastly, medical research has shown that boxing and contact martial arts
can lead to numerous acute health problems. Several boxing contests have
been cancelled because of injuries sustained by fighters during practice
sparring matches in the gym. Some of the injuries sustained were concussions,
brain damage, shoulder separations and injuries to various parts of the
head such as the mouth, eyes and ears. In the more tragic accidents, fighters
have died due to errant blows. It is also well documented that professional
boxers and kick boxers can develop symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's
disease, thus the term "punch drunk". The onset of such symptoms
is believed to be related to the cumulative effects of repeated blows to
the head region during the fighter's career.
Instructors and fitness center owners are in dire need of a means of demonstrating
various punches, kicks and other contact techniques without risking injury
to themselves or their students and patrons. Several devices that are basically
padded dummies or wooden structures are available that reduce the risk
of injury; yet, they are passive in nature. The user does not experience
any real-life sparring opportunity since these devices are restrictive,
immobile and noncompetitive. SDT's fighting android provides an active
means of training for martial arts, boxing and kick boxing; as well as,
improving the general aerobic conditioning of recreational users.