Thursday, September 16, 2010

HRP-4: Meet Japan’s New And Awesome Humanoid Robot (Video)

HRP-4: Meet Japan’s New And Awesome Humanoid Robot (Video): "

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has done it again.

After having developed one of the most advanced cybernetic human robots out there (namely the HRP-4C we covered previously), it is now time for the next humanoid. Meet the HRP-4 [JP].

The HRP-4 is primarily designed for use at R&D facilities at universities and companies. It stands 151cm tall, weighs 39kg, and boasts a total of 34 degrees of freedom. Buyers can mount a laptop on its bag to add further functionality.

The robot can strike poses in response to voice commands, and it can also detect and track human faces and certain objects.

AIST and co-developer Kawada Industries plan to start selling the HRP-4 in January next year. The robot itself plus the software necessary to control it will cost $325,000.

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