Kawada Industries doesn’t just want you to have a humanoid robot helper, they want you to have a humanoid robot helper that’s athletic and that’s what they’ve recently announced alongside Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
Called the HRP-4, the robot is 5 feet tall, built with 34 joints and weighs just 86 pounds, 8.8 lbs less than last years model from the company, the HRP-4C fembot.
I’m still not sure how the demonstration shows off the “helper” part of the robot, after all they simply had it stand on one foot, twist its waist and follow a few spoken commands.
On the other hand the ability to recognize faces and track objects is rather impressive. The robots five fingered hands also allow for better control than previous models.
If you want one of the robots you’ll have to wait until January 2011 and then throw down 26 million yet, that’s approximately $305,000.
Here are a few more pictures of the HRP-4 Athletic Robot: