Monday, 16 March 2009

Japanese Robot

HRP-4C (2009)Shades of Dr Coppélia, the eccentric toy-maker who wanted to bring his mechanical doll to life. This cute Japanese poppet is HRP-4C. She had her first public outing today. She's 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 6 stone 9 pounds, has 30 motors in her body and 8 in her face and cost £150,000 to make. She's supposed to look like the average Japanese woman, but looks more like the average Japanese schoolgirl to me. Click the title link to see a video of her in action. Barbie, eat your heart out.
Compare HRP-4C with her rival fembot Aiko (love child) created by Japanese Canadian Le Trung. Aiko's software is more sophisticated and she cost only £14,000 (CLICK).


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