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Design principles of a human mimetic humanoid: Humanoid platform to study human intelligence and internal body system

Many systems and mechanisms in the human body are not fully understood, such as the principles of muscle control, the sensory nervous system that connects the brain and the body, learning in the brain, and the human walking motion. To address this knowledge deficit, we propose a human mimetic humanoid with an unprecedented degree of anatomical fidelity to the human musculoskeletal structure. The fundamental concept underlying our design is to consider the human mechanism, which contrasts with the conventional engineering approach used in the design of existing humanoids. We believe that the proposed human mimetic humanoid can be used to provide new opportunities in science, for instance, to quantitatively analyze the internal data of a human body in movement. We describe the principles and development of human mimetic humanoids, Kenshiro and Kengoro, and compare their anatomical fidelity with humans in terms of body proportions, skeletal structures, muscle arrangement, and joint performance. To demonstrate the potential of human mimetic humanoids, Kenshiro and Kengoro performed several typical human motions.

Source: Sciencemag.org – Science Robotics Latest Content

Jibo Music Brings iHeartRadio to Social Robot

Social robot Jibo is adding music to its repertoire of skills. Jibo and iHeartRadio have teamed up to launch Jibo Music that will stream iHeartRadio Original stations through the two speakers atop the robot’s head. The Jibo Music skill will be available to all robots on December 18 via a free, over-the-air software update.
Source: Robotics Trends