Whoa! HRP-4 Humanoid Robot Walks, Moves Just Like A Real Human

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Kawada's HRP-4 has some excellent balance and flexibility.

Kawada and AIST continue to promote their newest bipedal robot, the HRP-4, with clips of its smooth motions and graceful movements. The streamlined HRP-4 has a better range of motion and more room to move than any previous robot in the HRP series- it also looks more human while working. Kawada recently announced that the HRP-4 will go on sale early next year for a price tag of $300,000 - aiming to get robotics researchers around the world to adopt it as a development platform. This series of bots certainly has demonstrated success in the past with bipedal motion, so the HRP-4 may be a popular unit come January. Watch the robot show off its smooth moves in the four clips from Kawada below. The video demonstrating how the HRP-4 can stretch and flex is pretty cool - looks like it's warming up for a jog.

[screen capture and video credits: Kawada]

Discussion — 6 Responses

  • Armando October 1, 2010 on 8:15 am

    I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

  • Anonymous October 1, 2010 on 4:16 pm

    so is it software or mechanical engineering prowess thats held back developers from making a machine that can physically maneuver itself on parr with humans??

  • Dan October 1, 2010 on 5:57 pm

    Dude… that does NOT move like a human.

  • mccarter mobile October 3, 2010 on 4:37 am

    When a robot can do the Cabbage Patch and the Running Man, that’s when it can be said to move like a human–an incredibly awesome human.

  • fancyman October 5, 2010 on 8:02 am

    Wow, that was creepily naturalistic. Like a person in a robot suit….

  • Sentwest November 11, 2010 on 4:52 pm

    What I find even more amazing is the lack of bulky power packs or umbilici. What are they using to power the thing?