Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kojiro Musculoskeletal Humanoid Robot

Kojiro, a humanoid built by the fine folks at the University of Tokyo’s JSK Robotics Laboratory, has a detailed musculoskeletal system that mimics the human body. It uses a system of artificial bones, muscles and tendons. The idea is to create a robot that is lighter and more agile than the average bot.

It should also move in a more natural way. Motors pull cables that simulate how muscles and tendons interact. In fact it has about 100 tendon-muscle structures, which give it 60 degrees of freedom. In comparison Asimo has about 34 degrees.

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