ROPID arrives with a kid’s heart in a robot’s body

October 28, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran


He is no less than a kid doing all things childish. He’s cute, can run as fast as a little kid, and even jump and land with grace. He is ROPID, the new robot from Japan.

The new humanoid robot comes with talent, and responds to voice commands. Created by Tomotaka Takahashi, the man behind Panasonic’s Evolta robots, ROPID is the first among bots with a personality. And, interestingly, the 38-cm tall, 1600-g heavy robot has the capability of performing a few new tricks too, which the earlier bots of his era never do.

ROPID wins by a mile when it comes to fast running and jumping. The humanoid robot, in fact, is being applauded for being an athlete in carbon and plastic. Voice recognition is a plus, you can tell him whatever you feel like through actions or speech and he coolly responds. He speaks a bit too.

The running and jumping functions have been made possible by the upper torso built to rotate freely. This helps ROPID to stay balanced while in motion. The brain behind ROPID has added a spoonful of adorability into the robot by helping him move his hands and mouth in an unbelievably natural way.

With ROPID all set to come into our lives, it seems like it is time to say goodbye to all those slow motion obsessed bots we have been seeing for quite a while now.

(Via Engadget)

© 2008-2012 - All rights reserved | Privacy Policy