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Eccerobot, 'Anthropomimetic' Robot, Has Human-Like Joints, Bones, Tendons (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/18/2012 9:27 am Updated: 04/18/2012 9:27 am

We may not be able to build a human-like replicant just yet, but robotics engineers have managed to create a machine man that's far more realistic than C-3PO.

ECCEROBOT, short for Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot, might not look much like a human, but its artificial bones, joints and tendons mimic our own, allowing for complex movements.

The creepy-looking device, created by a consortium of engineers in five countries, is billed as the first 'anthropomimetic' robot. That means that "Instead of just copying the outward form of a human, it copies the inner structures and mechanisms," according to the project's website.

Will Eccerobot impersonate humans and infiltrate our society to achieve its nefarious goals? Not quite. Believe it or not, it's designed to advance research in artificial intelligence.

Project leader Dr. Owen Holland, professor of cognitive robotics at the University of Sussex in England, believes that "Our physical form actually helps shape the way we think, and without a body, artificial intelligence cannot exist," according to a BBC report.

See more videos of creepy robots in the slideshow below.

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  • Meet Jules, the newest and most realistic humanoid robot yet from David Hanson and the team at Hanson Robotics.

  • A robot that looks just like its creator (www.newscientist.com).

  • Engineers at Kagawa University in Japan are developing a talking robotic version of the human mouth: To enable the robot's speaking abilities, engineers at Japan's Kagawa University used an air pump, artificial vocal chords, a resonance tube, a nasal cavity, and a microphone attached to a sound analyzer as substitutes for human vocal organs.

  • ACTROID-F in AIST Open Lab 2010.

  • Robot modeled after Albert Einstein. Einstein mimics the facial expressions he detects in others. Smile at him, and he'll smile back.

  • Cybernetic human dance demo in DCEXPO, 2010.

  • Humanoid face created by Hanson Robotics (www.hansonrobotics.com). Robotics scientists at Hanson previously created animatronic puppets for Disney studios.

  • Animatronic baby mechanism for anonymous TV series. Built by Chris Clarke for CNFX Workshop.

  • Taiwanese Kissing Robots (NTUST Robot) were exhibited in AutoRob2009 in Gwangju, Korea. They were developed by Prof. Chyi-Yeu Lin's research team in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

  • Robot girl with silicone skin.

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