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Humanoid robotics

Humanoid Robotics

Michael Di Nicola

Matt Hristovski

Humanoid robotics1

Humanoid Robotics

  • WTF is Humanoid Robotics?

  • Why is it so popular?

  • What are Advantages/ Disadvantages?

  • Where are we going with it?

What is it
What is it?

Robots that look like or mimic people

Like an android?

History of the humanoid robot
History of the Humanoid Robot

Karel Čapek coins the term “Robot” – 1921

1930’s to 70’s: theory of humanoid shapes, electronics, and movement.

Not until 1970’s until a practical autonomous Robot of this type

Boom in development from 1980 to present

Wabot 1 1970 1973
WABOT-1 (1970~1973)

  • Waseda University

  • The first fun-scale anthropomorphic robot developed in the world

  • Able to communicate in Japanese and measure distances and directions to objects using external receptors, artificial ears and eyes, and an artificial mouth

Wabot 2 1980 1984
WABOT-2 (1980~1984)

Waseda University

Plays keyboard

Not as versatile, considered “specialist”

Able to read sheet music and play it

Further development
Further Development

1985 - Hitachi’s WHL-11 (walking 13 s/step)

1986-1991 - Honda’s E series

1989 - Pacific Northwest Laboratories’s Manny (42 degrees of freedom)

Present day: Honda, Hitachi, Military intuitions, NASA compete with designs

Why the popularity
Why the popularity?

Looks and feels more “Human”

Easier for integration in applied role

Can perform some tasks better

Good in science fiction (especially Eastern Anime)

Looks cool


Performs some tasks better

Looks cool

Makes good villains


Incredibly hard to implement

Increasingly complex with every function

Terrible at performing tasks suitable for wheels (landscape or high speeds)

Technology (gyros, advanced servo designs)

Not trustworthy

Asimo honda s heavy hitter
ASIMO - Honda’s heavy hitter

$1million a unit

Can go up stairs

Play soccer

Run 6km/h

Carry 1kg

51.8v Lithium-ion

30 mins endurance

Hrp 4c

Sings and Dances

Androidish/ Gynoid

Demonstrates human


Nasa and general motors robonaut 2
NASA and General Motors Robonaut 2

Intended for space

Designed to work

side by side with people

Can carry 15kg

Wheel chair design

/mounted platforms

Where s the limit
Where’s the limit?

Large advancements in both interest and technology

Competitions between large corporations

Can do many tasks that were once near impossible to implement (play soccer?)

Still a ways off from popular sci-fi films like Terminator or I Robot