Robot Construction Worker Unveiled
Though the robot mentioned below was programmed for construction, the possibilites are not limited to the work site: such a Robot could have domestic uses as well. Unaddressed is how a robot would deal with the art of teamwork as opposed to the science of construction.
Japanese developers have produced a robot intended for manual labouring, which they reckon will be ready to sell to the construction industry by 2010.
In a press event yesterday, the new HRP-3 Promet Mk II from Kawada Industries walked on a slippery floor, shrugged off a drenching under a shower and "used a screwdriver just as a human would."
The somewhat Cylon-like Promet-II is packed with advanced features, according to Kawada. Its articulated limbs and joints offer 30 degrees of freedom, and it has a "highly compact electrical system" which "allows it to forgo the commonly used 'backpack' used on other humanoid robots".
Perhaps best of all, the Promet-II's "cantilevered crotch joint" permits operations in "a confined area."
"We have made a leap towards creating a humanoid that works in a real environment," according to a joint statement from Kawada, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.