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Robots are becoming more life-like with new Japanese technology

08/01/2018
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Japanese researchers have unveiled a pair of life-like humanoid robots that are said to be the most advanced system of their kind ever built. 

Kengoro humanoid robot

The robots, named Kenshiro and Kengoro have been designed to mimic the human body as much as possible. They were developed at the University of Tokyo with the aim of enabling researchers to explore the behaviour of the human body in ways that have never before been possible. For instance, the robots could be used to reflect how the human body reacts to traumas such as car crashes.

Kengoro is the most advanced of the two robots and is believed to have six times the degree of freedom than other humanoids. Equipped with joints that perform similarly to human joints, the robots are able to move in more human-like ways than has previously been seen. The robots have five-fingered hands and feet which enable them to perform a variety of tasks including standing on their tip toes, doing push-ups, pull-ups and back bends. 

Kenshiro and Kengoro even use a similar process to humans to prevent overheating, involving water tubes that are threaded through their body to collect the heat which then vents steam through small holes in their skeleton. 

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