Posted 19.07.2012 12:50:20 UTC
Updated 19.07.2012 12:50:20 UTC
Humanoid robots are getting new abilities: a new invention of the Japanese, who master the robotic studies, is a swimmer robot.
Japan adds a new model to its range of humanoid robots, a robot which can mimic a human swimmer's whole-body motion.
“We have reached a whole new level of technology in robotics. This model is capable of moving both of its arms and legs at the same time and can swim like a human,” told a researcher with the study team.
The swimmer-robot, which is 90 centimeters in height and weighs 10 kg, will be used in studies to enhance the swimmers power and ability to move. The robot, which was developed after studying swimmers’ movements as well as of ballerinas, is outfitted with 20 waterproof motors that make it capable of moving both of its arms and legs simultaneously.
Researchers say the swimmer-robot can not participate into swimmer races at the moment since it needs more work to do.
However, the real target of the Japanese scientists in developing the swimmer robot is using it after nuclear disasters like the one that hit Japan last year following an earthquake and tsunami.
Swumanoid, the swimmer-robot, is designed to work in nuclear leakage zones and dangerous, striving areas like underwater constructions.