Ropid: New robot runs, jumps 8 centimeters high (2 videos)

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Japan has produced many humanoids in the past years, but making them move in one way or the other is usually a challenge. Kyoto-based Robo Garage has unveiled Ropid [JP] today, a mini robot that runs on two legs and can jump as high as 8cm.

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Ropid stands 38cm tall and at 16kg, it’s pretty heavy. The little guy has 29 joints and four gyro-sensors in the body and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. He can react to voice commands, so if you tell him to jump, he will do so. His movements aren’t really elegant but OK.

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Ropid (the name is  a mix between “robot” and rapid”) is currently just a prototype, with Robo Garage saying there isn’t a release date set yet.

This video shows how he runs:
http://blip.tv/play/hMQ5gariIwI%2Em4v

This video shows how he jumps:
http://blip.tv/play/hMQ5gariJwI%2Em4v

Via Robot Watch [JP]

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