Skip to comments.Advanced Humanoid "Roboy" To Be "Born" In Nine Months
Posted on 12/27/2012 10:31:21 PM PST by zeestephen
Roboy is a tendon driven robot so it will move almost as elegantly as a human. University of Zurich is lead designer. Roboy has more than 1000 Friends on Facebook!
(Excerpt) Read more at kurzweilai.net ...
“Robots on Tour” is short for the “World Congress and Exhibition of Robots, Humanoids, Cyborgs and More.”
Here's the link:
It’s ... cute? ... but it’s still a chrome toaster. Shoot it now before it becomes self aware.
Sentient toasters are Horrible!!!
Bump for Great Justice
It would have been nice if the author would have explained exactly what tendon driven means.
Ahh, so you’re a waffle man.
... a Brave Little Toaster?
And when it grows up, will it want to drive a ...
Or perhaps ride on a BMW with a toaster tank?
"All Aboard! Next stop, Uncanny Valley!"
Thus, they have significant power, but much less control over direction and precise motions.
For instance, a traditional service robot might be able to support an elderly person when walking.
But Roboy, at some point, will be able to gently grasp a person's arm, exactly like a human being.
There's a video at the Kurzweil link that shows the "power tendons" up close.
But, no precise engineering description, if that's what you were hoping for.
From the picture of the robot it looks to me like some kind of worm gear actuator (like an electric sash operator).
A worm gear would be smother than a conventional motor operator but would likely be much slower as well.
Unfortunately he looks as gay as his name.
If the grip strength isn’t too great, I imagine it will be very popular in the UAE.
Springs and rubberbands
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