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A model (R) touches the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) at a press conference in Osaka.

Japanese researchers said Saturday they have developed a humanoid robot that can laugh and smile as it mimics a person's facial expressions.

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Robot Justin, a humanoid two arm system, was developed by the German air and space agency, Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR).

The mobile robotic system Justin with its compliant controlled light weight arms and its two four finger hands allows the long range autonomous operation of the system.

Sensors and cameras allow the 3D reconstruction of the robot's environment and therefore enable Justin to perform given tasks autonomously such as catching balls or serving coffee.

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At Meka we develop world-class hardware and software systems for robotics researchers, specializing in robots designed to work in everyday environments.
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Justin is currently a four-wheeled robot with a head and two dexterous arms, but researchers have demonstrated a pair of legs [right] that may become its lower body. The legs use powerful yet lightweight motors to explore joint torque-based control concepts for biped balancing and walking, according to engineer Christian Ott. If Justin's legs turn out to be as nimble as its arms, Asimo might not stand a chance.

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CHARLI (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) is the first untethered, autonomous, full-size walking humanoid robot built in the United States, according to Virginia Tech roboticist Dennis Hong. He and his team are now upgrading it with custom-made linear actuators that help mimic how human limbs move. In a soccer match against Asimo, Hong's team is confident that CHARLI would prevail.

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Myon is a new humanoid robot designed by the industrial design studio, Frackenpohl Poulheim (in Cologne), and developed by the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

The size of a 12 year old, Myon has the special ability to continue to operate even if some of its electronic components are damaged or separated.

It’s also the first humanoid robot in the world that can be disassembled into parts (and put back together) while the parts which make it up continue to work steadily and autonomously (its energy source, the central motor and its neural network remain functioning).

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Introducing Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisims Laboratory's latest DARwIn-OP - Dynamic Anthropomorpic Robot with Intelligence, Open Platform, which mea...
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We haven't even managed to save up for one of the original Naos, and now Aldebaran Robotics has come out with an entirely new, entirely more awesome version. Sigh. Yay.
So, what do you have to look forward to? We got a preview last year, but here's the skinny:
Nao is skinnier. Longer, thinner arms give Nao better reach and more working space in which to grasp things.
There's now a full-fledged Atom processor inside Nao. Helloooo multitasking!
Speaking of multitasking, two HD cameras provide parallel video streams, helping Nao get better at face and object recognition, especially in bad lighting.
"Nuance" voice recognition helps Nao pick key command words out of sentences.
But wait! There's more!
“On top of this new hardware version, we shall be delivering new software functionalities like smart torque control, a system to prevent limb/body collisions, an improved walking algorithm, and more. We have capitalised upon our experience and customer feedback in order to deliver the most suitable and efficient platform. In terms of applications especially at high-school level, we are focused on educational content, while, when it comes to improvements in personal well-being, we are working on developing specialized applications,” explains Bruno Maisonnier [founder of Aldebaran Robotics].

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This 1.45-meter-high humanoid was developed to help researchers explore aspects of bipedal locomotion, says Tehran University professor Aghil Yousefi-Koma. His team is working on a feedback control system that yields a much more humanlike motion. Surena 2 might be a slow walker, but it has its tricks: It can bow, stand on one leg, and according to some news reports, dance.

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Reem-B was designed to assist humans with everyday tasks, says Davide Faconti, founder of Pal Robotics. The 1.47-meter-high robot can walk at a relatively slow speed of 1.5 kilometers per hour, but thanks to powerful actuators in its legs and arms, Reem-B "is probably the strongest humanoid in the world," says Faconti, boasting that his robot can carry a 12-kilogram payload—say, a big watermelon.

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