Super Samurai: Robot beats Japanese master swordsman (VIDEO)

Japanese engineers have come up with a robot that can copy the moves of a samurai sword master and then beat his "teacher" in a fight. The samurai machine carries out hard-angled cuts with speed and precision - without breaking sweat.

Among the robot's most spectacular accomplishments is a party trick: being able to slice a runner bean lengthways.

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The robot competed against renowned Japanese swordsman Isao Machii, from whom it learned how to fight by motion capturing his moves.

Machii can slice a fried shrimp fired at him at about 130 km per hour, according to , but he still lost his swordfight against the machine.

Robot arms, which have truly amazing skills, have recently entered the spotlight: one beat a world table tennis champion in March, while Russian military robots scored high at a shooting challenge a month ago during field training.

In April, a UK company unveiled a robo-chef capable of preparing meals from scratch.