A Robot Named Twendy-One
March 12th, 2010
The team had help from over 20 different companies to design this robot, which could arguably be able to co-exist with humans. It’s made to help the elderly. What’s really amazing is how dexterous it is. It can even pick up small and flat objects with its four-fingered hand, soft finger tips, and hard fingernails.
The ‘bot can also bend at the waist. This allows it to pick up things lying on the floor. It is also strong enough to support the weight of a midget (77lbs). Actually, they say that it can support a person, but I don’t know many people who weigh 77lbs. Maybe they’ve got more of those in Japan.
Its body is covered in a soft, shock-absorbent silicone rubber, and it’s got tactile sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a large LED array in its chest. The robot measures 4’9″ tall and weighs 244 lbs. The Twendy-One robot is expected to sell between $110,000 to $210,000 (USD) in 2015.
[via Plastic Pals]