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Hitachi unveils 'fastest robot'
Japanese electronics firm Hitachi has unveiled its first humanoid robot, called Emiew, to challenge Honda's Asimo and Sony's Qrio robots. - -> The robot uses wheels instead of legs because Toshihiko Horiuchi, from Hitachi's Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, said: "We aimed to create a robot that could live and co-exist with people."
"We want to make the robots useful for people ... If the robots moved slower than people, users would be frustrated."
But a wheeled robot cannot move in a house with stairs for example and when wheels are used it is not so difficult to go faster than legged robots.
Robots to offer warm welcome at Japan's World Expo The World Expo, which runs in the central Aichi region for six months from March 25, will be used by Japan as a way to display its technological might, of which a horde of robots is set to be the most potent symbol.
Robots to Watch Children Showcased Robots to Watch Children and Even Co-Workers Among Technology at Microsoft TechFest
Brain-controlled 'robo-arm' hope Scientists in the US have created a robotic arm that can be controlled by thought alone.
New Robots Walk Like Humans. Interesting article about the use of passive dynamics for bipedal walking (robots of MIT, Delft and Cornell)

The dissertation (12,6MB - PDF) of Björn Verrelst about the concepts and control issues about the biped LUCY is now available and can be downloaded from our website .

Björn Verrelst will defend his PhD on Friday 25th February 2005 (16:30).

A dynamic walking biped actuated by pleated pneumatic artificial muscles: Basic concepts and control issues

More information can be found on the Lucy site

The 2005 International Conference on Robotics and Automation ( ICRA05) will be held in Barcelona. I will present a paper with the title: Dynamic Control of a Bipedal Walking Robot (LUCY) Actuated with Pneumatic Artificial Muscles.
The theme of the ICRA'05 conference, Robots get closer to humans raises issues in matters related to human robot interaction, in advances and experiences of robots and automation at home, at work, for education, as well as in other emerging areas

The Worlds Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Asimo Meets Members of the EU
The meeting at the Parliament coincides with the European Commission's announcement earlier this month to fund RobotCub, a project aimed at moving research forward in Europe in the field of humanoid robotics and cognitive neuroscience.

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