National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan’s leading research agency of advanced technology, announced that it developed the humanoid robot HRP-4 in alliance with Kawada Industries in Tokyo. Starting in January next year, the newly developed robot will be shipped to universities and research agencies both at home and abroad as the platform for the development of humanoid robot. Kawada Industries wishes this new robot to be used as the platform for the development of technology for the collaboration between man and robot. The new robot is smaller than the existing robot. It is 151 cm tall that is about 3 cm shorter and weighs 39 kg that is 19 kg lighter than the existing robot. The axis of the robot has 34 degrees of freedom including 7 degrees of freedom with one arm. The two organizations successfully reduced the cost by using standardized parts and components. The one arm can carry 0.5 kg. The software platform “Open TRM-aist” is used for the control system. The new robot is priced at 26 million yen that is 30% lower than the existing humanoid robot.
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