ACM News 28/12/2012
University of Zurich researchers are developing Roboy, a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings that will be one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever created. Roboy will be a service robot, meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of humans. The Roboy project involves the participation of 15 partners and more than 40 engineers and scientists. Roboy’s tendon-based body will help it move almost as smoothly as a human, and the robot will be covered with soft skin, making interacting with it safer and more pleasant. Caring for the aging human population will be the target market for service roots such as Roboy, as older people want to be as autonomous as possible, according to roboticists. They also note that the user-friendliness and safety of service robots are paramount, since the machines will be sharing their living space with people. The University of Zurich researchers set the goal of building Roboy in nine months, with a birthday of March 8, 2013. The project is a grassroots endeavor funded via crowdfunding.
More info: KurzweilAI.net (12/26/12)