Japan’s CB2 "Child Robot" Returns: Smarter, Creepier Than Ever

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All caught up on your sleep? Good. ‘Cause our old friend the “Child-robot with Biomimetic Body,” or CB2, has now returned to haunt your nightmares. As you might expect, the bot hasn’t simply spent its past two years of existence terrifying the staff at Osaka University, it’s actually been learning, and it’s now apparently able to make use of its 51 air-powered motors to move itself through a room “quite smoothly” — with a helping hand, of course. What’s more, the researchers behind CB2 are now also starting to talk about some of their future projects, including a new “robo species” that they say will have learning abilities “somewhere between those of a human and other primate species such as the chimpanzee.” Yeah, we can’t wait to see what that looks like either.

(Source: Engadget)

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Left: Frontal view of CB2 to independence.
Upper right: CB2 seen from a different angle. Black cable back is a summary of the tube to send the compressed air to the air actuator.
Lower right: It is CB2 you remove front face of CB2, internal mechanism of the whole body, the skin from left to right. I can see that a number of tactile sensor is attached to the bottom of the skin.

 

(Source: Japan Science and Technology Agency)

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