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Friday, November 04, 2011

Human-like Walking Robot HRP-4C

Japanese researchers at AIST Humanoid Research Group have succeeded in making a humanoid robot walk like a human being. The HRP-4C Miim robot stretches her knees up/down, the single-toe supporting realizes longer strides, and she mimics the swing motion of human legs. HRP-4C was first shown to the public in March, 2009. The primary use of this robot was entertainment, such as acting as master of ceremonies at an event or as a model in a fashion show. HRP-4C had already been used in such events in an effort to clarify its usefulness for entertainment purposes. Technical detail is presented in "Human-Like Walking with Toe Supporting for Humanoids," by Kanako Miura, Mitsuharu Morisawa, Fumio Kanehiro, Shuuji Kajita, Kenji Kaneko, and Kazuhito Yokoi, Proc. 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

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