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TSUKUBA, Japan (March 16) — A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 95 pounds to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn’t cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.
Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organization, said their “cybernetic human,” shown Monday, wasn’t ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people — as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.
“Technologically, it hasn’t reached that level,” said Hirohisa Hirukawa, one of the robot’s developers. “Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure.”
For now, the 62.2 inch tall black-haired robot code-named HRP-4C — whose predecessor had weighed 128 pounds — will mainly serve to draw and entertain crowds.
Developers said the robot may be used in amusement parks or to perform simulations of human movement, as an exercise instructor, for instance.
HRP-4C was designed to look like an average Japanese woman, although its silver-and-black body recalls a space suit. It will appear in a Tokyo fashion show — without any clothes — in a special section just for the robot next week.
NL-I have three questions- Hmmm, 1. What does she look like naked? 2. Is she anatomically correct? 3. Would you do her?