March 16th, 2009

ronin

HRP-4C fembot.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brD5D0ytD04&e

http://www.aist.go.jp/aist_j/press_release/pr2009/pr20090316/pr20090316.html


It's amazing how much a realistic face and hands make it look like a human being. Somehow this robot manages to jump right over the uncanny valley. (Compare and contrast with its predecessors: HRP-2 and HRP-3.)

If we can find some kind of compact, high energy density power source, we should have boomers well before 2030. Still not sure if they'll arrive in time to help rebuild after the great Kanto quake in 2016 however... (/fanboy)