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Photo: Mini-robots with a big kick

Japan's Citizen Watch, one of the largest watchmakers in the world, announced a tiny robot it hopes will one day be a soccer champion.
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Eco-Be

Japan's Citizen Watch engineer Yasuji Hirosawa shows off his thumb-sized robot, "Eco-Be." It's equipped with two-step motors to drive both wheels independently. The tiny robot, measuring 0.7 inches wide and about 1 inch tall, can move forwards, backwards and turn with a maximum speed of 1 inch per second. The robots will play soccer games at the RoboCup in Germany in June.

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