I’m fascinated by robots. It’s not my field, but it’s where the human race is headed. For better or for worse, only time will tell.
What Japan is doing in robotics blows me away. I posted recently about Aiko. Now, meet Kojiro. This android’s movements are based on a skeletal structure similar to ours, which means he moves in a more natural fashion, and bends and twists via his artificial spine.
Here’s a great article on Kojiro:
Ever dreamed of having a robot servant who would do all the boring chores around the house? Well mechanised domestic staff have come one step closer, thanks to an android being developed in Japan.
Researchers at Tokyo University’s JSK Robotics Laboratory, have created a humanoid called Kojiro, who is learning how to mimic how we walk.
What makes him unique is that he has a skeletal structure similar to that of humans, which means he moves in a more natural fashion, and bends and twists via his artificial spine.
The team, led by Professor Nakanishi, said this newly developed spine would allow them to manufacture lighter and more flexible robots in the future to serve in the home.
In one scientific paper, they wrote: ‘Currently normal humanoid robots are not suitable for working in our daily environment.
‘Lack of safety and versatility is the main reason; their hard and heavy bodies can hurt humans or surrounding objects, and they can do limited tasks compared with what humans do in daily life.’