17 Mar 2005 bvdborgh   » (Master)

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.

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