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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Prototype "SDR-4X" : Main Specifications
CPU: 64 bit RISC processor (x2)
Main Recording Device: 64MB DRAM (x2)
Operating System: Aperios (Sony's original real time OS)
Robot Control Architecture: OPEN-R
Control Program Supplying media: 16MB Memory Stick
Joint Degrees of FreedomNeck: 4 degrees of freedom, Body: 2 degrees of freedom, Arms: 5 degrees of freedom (x2), Legs: 6 degrees of freedom (x2); total 28 degrees of freedom 5 fingers on each hand
Internal SensorsDistance DetectionInfrared Distance Sensor: head x1, hands x2, total 3
Acceleration DetectionTrunk: X, Y, Z/3 axes, Legs: X, Y/2 axes
Angular Rate DetectionTrunk: X, Y, Z/3 axes
Foot Sole Sensor: Power Sensor (each leg: 4 x 2 = total 8)
Thermo Sensor: External (x4), Internal (x2)
Touch Sensor: HeadPressure Sensitive Rubber
Handle: Sheet Switch
Hands: Sheet Switch X2
Shoulders: Tact Switch X2
Image Input: 110,000 pixels 1/5 inch CCD color camera (x2)
Sound Input: Microphone (x7)
Sound Output: Speaker
Input/Output: PC Card Slot (Type II) (x1)
Memory Stick Slot (x1)
DisplayEye LED: 4096 color (RGB 16 gradation combination)
Ear LED: 1 color 16 gradation
Power LED: 2 colors (3 colors in simultaneous lighting) Performance/Charging Condition Display
Walking Speed: Approximately 6m/minute max (irregular surface)Pace: 10cm, Walking Cycle: 1.0 second/step
Approximately 20m/minute max (flat, smooth surface)Pace: 6.5cm, Walking Cycle: 0.20 second/step
Irregular Surface Walking Ability: Irregularity degree: 10mm irregular surface on non-slip condition
Tilt degree: Up to approx. 10 degrees tilted surface on non-slip condition
Weight: Approximately 6.5Kg with battery and memory
Dimensions (height x width x depth): Approximately 580 x 260 x 190mm

Sony Global | Press Release Sony Develops Small Biped Entertainment Robot
With Ability to Adopt Its Movement to a Variety of Situations and Offering Rich Communication.

A movie : SDR-4X walking

Ananova - Sony unveils singing, dancing robot
© AFX News
Story filed: 11:19 Tuesday 19th March 2002

Sony Corp said it has developed a robot which walks, sings and dances, and can recognise images and sounds.
SDR-4X is a 60 centimeter-high entertainment robot with arms, legs and a head. It is still in its development stages but can already communicate with people using special sensors, Sony said.
Cameras built into the robot's head enable it to recognise people, and it can also understand some speech.
Sony hopes to market the SDR-4X in Japan, but has yet to set a launch date.

Sony robot sings, dances and isn't cheap
March 19, 2002 Posted: 10:58 AM EST (1558 GMT)

Sony's SDR-4X can remember people's faces and even dance disco, but it's an expensive toy -- costing as much as a luxury car.

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- The newest Sony Corp. family member has a photographic memory, an extensive vocabulary and a jukebox-like knowledge of music.
He also comes with a clunky, sci-fi name and a price tag resembling that of a luxury car.
The silver, round-eyed "SDR-4X" humanoid robot was unveiled Tuesday and will go on sale later this year. Sony Corp. would not say much more about its plans for the 23-inch tall robot.
"This robot was designed to live with people in homes," said Toshitada Doi, Sony executive vice president.
The SDR-4X is an upgraded version of a humanoid robot shown about a year ago. It has two cameras to see things better, including being able to tell the difference between the edge of a table and the patterns on the floor. That has been a challenge for another Sony product, the puppy-shaped robot Aibo, which has only one camera.
The new robot will be considerably more expensive than Aibo, which already has sold more than 100,000 units worldwide. The latest Aibo model sells for $1,400 in Japan and $1,500 in the United States.

Sony, Honda animated on robots' role - Tech News -
By Reuters
March 19, 2002, 4:55 AM PT


It's a question anyone might ask about a potential live-in partner. Should your household robot be cool? Or practical?
For consumer electronics giant Sony, which on Tuesday unveiled the sleek and diminutive SDR-4X that can sing in vibrato and dance with fluid or funky motions, robots ought to be entertaining. But for automaker Honda Motor, which showed off the latest version of its Asimo robot at a Tuesday luncheon with foreign reporters, such machines should one day perform useful tasks for their human masters.