Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Japanese Humanoid Update
Kawada Industries and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have updated their 10-year-old line of HRP humanoid robots with an athletic machine they hope to develop into a menial worker. The blue and white humanoid -- named HRP-4 -- stands 1.51 meters (5 ft) tall and it weights 39 kg, 4 kg less than last year's entertainment-oriented HRP-4C fembot. Kawada and AIST plan to begin selling the robots to universities and research institutions in January 2011 at a starting price of 26 million yen ($305,000) each.
[Sources: Nikkei, AIST] via pinktentacle]