Did You See That Woman…Wait…She’s A Robot!

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Check out the HRP-4C robot, one of the first humanoid robots to boldly sidestep the typical transformer look, instead posing as an attractive manga style woman.  Is anyone else having flashbacks of the movie Blade Runner where robots are indistinguishable from humans?  The HRP-4c robot is slated to strut down the catwalk March 23 as a model in a Tokyo fashion show.

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This girlie HRP-4C robot is a continuation of a line of impressive HRP robots from Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, some of which we have reported on earlier.  It is interesting to note that even though she looks quite life-like, the creators claim they intentionally avoided making her even more life-like since this can make humans uncomfortable.

Some excerpts from the Associated Press:

The girlie-faced humanoid with slightly oversized eyes, a tiny nose and a shoulder length hair boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of flesh-and-blood fashion models.

“Hello everybody, I am cybernetic human HRP-4C,” the futuristic fashionista said, opening its media premiere at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology outside Tokyo.

Ok, on with the videos already:

Discussion — 8 Responses

  • dranorter March 18, 2009 on 12:34 pm

    Androids do not hold their arms right! It would be sort of cute of this difference between them and humans persisted a while, though unlikely.

  • Mike March 18, 2009 on 4:41 pm

    Uh, I believe they prefer to be called “replicants”.

  • kevin March 19, 2009 on 12:00 am

    I don’t understand why replicating human walking motion is so difficult. This one is much better than most of them though.

  • John March 19, 2009 on 1:38 am

    Anyone notice the general difference between the american style of walker (see big dog) and the bent knee style of the japanese? Until they can get a real computer learning algorithm behind their robots, they’re going to have that creepy style of walking.

  • Stu December 26, 2009 on 3:08 am

    She has a mans hands, what are they thinking?

  • Stu December 25, 2009 on 11:08 pm

    She has a mans hands, what are they thinking?

  • Chase Perugini May 26, 2010 on 11:24 pm

    Nice way of thinking. I like it. Thank you for posting

  • Chase Perugini May 26, 2010 on 7:24 pm

    Nice way of thinking. I like it. Thank you for posting