June 11th, 2006
Kiyomori, made by the always amusingly named TMSuk Corp, is a 37 DOF robot clad in traditional samurai armor, as his namesake the Heian-era warlord Taira no Kiyomori often was.
They're making a lot of noise about how "Kiyomori's knees are flexible". I think this is either marketing misunderstanding, or else he uses some form of compliant/series elastic actuators on the knees. I'm always in favor of using series elastic actuators in robots - it simply mimics the human muscle/tendon combo much better. But I don't think that feature is the breakthrough here.
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