A very interesting development in the world of robotics as the HRP-4C
fashion model is introduced to the world at Tokyo's Fashion Week.
Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology created the 5 foot 2 inch 95 pound robot model,
may eventually replace human models on the fashion circuit.
modern marvel of sensors, motors, and controllers, responds to voice
commands, walks, talks, and even has motors controlling facial
I will try to get more technical details on this new robot, but the
whole thing begs the question--why are we creating robots for the
modeling industry? New robots--and new technological
innovations in general--are ususally created to save humans from tasks
that are either menial or dangerous. Has
modeling become a boring job? Or perhaps the catwalk
has become a dangerous place? Come to think of it, eye damage
from camera flashes and sprained high heeled ankles have shortened the
career of far too many models recently.
All joking aside, it will be interesting to see if there is more
development in the area of human-like robots.
This type of robot creates unique engineering challenges, but do you
think this is
a worthwhile endeavour for the scientific/engineering community?
Let me know your thoughts by commenting on this blog or
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