July 6, 2010

Human-like Robot Unveiled In Iran

Iranian officials have developed a human-like robot to be used for "sensitive jobs," an Iran government newspaper reported on Sunday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the robot, named Surena-2 - after an ancient Persian warrior. It stands 4.7 feet tall and weighs just under 100 pounds, the report said.

The robot walks like a human, although more slowly. The legs and arms show human-characteristic movements.

"Such robots are designed and developed to be used in sensitive and difficult jobs," the paper said.

The robot was developed by more than 20 scientists and experts at Tehran University. The robot's capabilities were not elaborated on by engineers.

Iran has been pursuing other scientific projects in recent years in an its attempt to become a regional power. Other experiments have included cloning, stem cell research and satellite technology.


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