Japanese boffins from Tsukuba University have unveiled the most realistic robot suit to date with plans to distribute it on a mass scale on Friday.
Built after a real five-year-old Japanese girl using flexible silicon skin, the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit has 50 sensors and a series of motors to help disabled people move better.
The newly developed robogirl is named Repliee R-1. Its sensors and motors combine to help Repliee R-1 move like a human more than any robot ever created.
Robotics company Cyberdyne Inc said it is preparing to begin distributing the suit on a mass scale on Friday.
At the 2005 World Expo in Japan, the Repliee Q1 appeared showing human-gestures and a lifelike appearance. Q1 was powered by a nearby air compressor, and had 31 points of articulation in its upper body. Q1 was noted to have glitch-related “spasms” at the 2005 expo.
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