Robotics company Yaskawa celebrated its 100th birthday recently by pitting one of its most sophisticated robot creations against a modern samurai master. They first modeled the bot's movements after the samurai's own, making this one of those classic showdowns between student vs. master straight outta those Star Wars movies you love so much.

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Slicing a peapod open lengthwise might be super-impressive, but what's real impressive were the guys in hardhats walking around in the background during the final showdown. Kudos.

[h/t boing boing]