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Friday, September 14, 2001

Fujitsu Introduces Miniature Humanoid Robot, HOAP-1
Tokyo, September 10, 2001

Fujitsu Automation Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that they have jointly developed a new miniature humanoid robot, named HOAP-1(*1), designed for wide application in research and development of robotic technologies. Fujitsu Automation will begin domestic sales of the robot from today and hopes to sell 100 units within three years. Details on the new robot will be announced at the Robotics Society of Japan meeting to be held September 18 at Tokyo University.
[Major Features]

Height48 cm
Weight6 kg
Joint Mobility20 DOF (Degrees of Freedom)
Operating Command PCComes standard with poser, viewer, and basic simulation software. OS: RT-Linux
Direct Interface and
   Robot's Internal Network
USB 1.0 (12Mbps)
Control cycle1ms
PowerDC24V x 6.2A (150W)
Sales Target100 robots within 3 years
Manufacturer and SellerFujitsu Automation Limited

(*1) HOAP-1 (acronym stands for Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform)
[...] - Fujitsu debuts humanoid robot - September 12, 2001
Fujitsu debuts humanoid robot

September 12, 2001 Posted: 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT)
By Martyn Williams

(IDG) -- Fujitsu's latest robot is ready to stand on its own two feet. On Monday the company began selling a two-legged humanoid robot designed to serve as a test bed for research into more advanced robotic technologies.

Miami Herald: Robot learns one step at a time
Like small child, smart machine develops slowly
Knight Ridder News Service
Published Wednesday, September 12, 2001

Instead of stuffing its computer brain with elaborate instructions, like Big Blue, the IBM chess champion, Weng teaches his robot a few basic skills and then lets it learn on its own by interacting with its environment.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Ananova - Robot mimics movement of humans
Story filed: 20:03 Monday 10th September 2001
Scientists in Japan say they've developed a robot that can observe and imitate the movement of humans.
The robot, called DB, watched a one-metre-long stick being balanced vertically on the palm of a hand for about 20 seconds.

Monday, September 10, 2001

Ananova - Fujitsu to unveil miniature humanoid robot
Story filed: 13:38 Monday 10th September 2001
Fujitsu has announced the development of a miniature humanoid robot for scientific research.
The diminutive robot - which stands at less than 50 centimetres tall - can also be used to develop systems that simulate movement on two legs.

Sony sees a robot family in every home
Jan Paschal
Sunday, September 9, 2001 at 20:00 JST

NEW YORK — Instead of a chicken in every pot, Japan's electronics giant Sony Corp. sees a robot family in every household.
Now Sony is revving up to sell two new AIBO playmates — ivory-coloured Latte and charcoal-coloured Macaron — for $850 each. The robots look like roly-poly puppies and, like all AIBOs, are equipped with digital cameras. They cost a little more than half the $1,500 price of second-generation AIBO, launched late last year.