Sunday, September 19, 2010


Created in partnership with Kawada Industries, this 151-centimeter (5-feet) tall, 39-kilo (86-pound) walking followup to the HRP-4C, HRP-3 and HRP-2 robots. The HRP-4 has been designed to help with manufacturing duties in a rapidly aging Japanese workforce. The highly mobile HRP-4 features 34-degrees of movement with AIST proprietary control software running on a Linux core. The robot can strike poses in response to voice commands, and it can also detect and track human faces and certain objects. AIST and co-developer Kawada Industries plan to start selling the HRP-4 in January next year. The robot itself plus the software necessary to control it will cost $325,000.

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