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New Scientist Technology – Bionic suit offers wearers super-strength

09 April 2005

Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition

John Boyd

A ROBOT suit has been developed that could help older people or those with disabilities to walk or lift heavy objects.

Dubbed HAL, or hybrid assistive limb, the latest versions of the suit will be unveiled this June at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan, which opened last month. A commercial product is slated for release by the end of the year.


Advanced Robotics E-Symposium – AdRob 2005 – 6 July 2005

The International Federation of Robotics is hosting the 1st International Advanced Robotics Web Conference. This groundbreaking ‘e-vent’ is designed to stimulate global knowledge sharing amongst professionals who have an interest in/are involved with personal robotics, mobile robotics and service robotics.

The online nature of the E-Symposium means that attendees can access live presentations by world-renowned experts from the comfort of their own workplace. The live event also allows participants to engage in Q&A sessions and chat with industry colleagues via the chatroom. Professionals who are not able to attend will be able to access the presentation archive which will be made available 24 hours after the live event.

To register free of charge and to view the program, please visit

Chinese Scientists Create Facial-expression Robot

By UPI Apr 24, 2005, 22:31 GMT

SHENZHEN, China — Chinese scientists have announced the creation of the country’s first human-shaped robot able to make facial expressions.

The robot, the culmination of 2 years of research at the Harbin Institute of Technology’s Robot Engineering Technology Center, was unveiled in Shenzhen.The scientists named the creation “Baizhixing,” Chinese for “smart star,” reported official Chinese government news agency Xinhua.

Bao Qingshan, who headed the team that created Baizhixing, said the 13.8 inch-high robot would mainly be used in preschool education.

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Japan’s Hitachi Wheels Out Fast-Moving Humanoid

Tue Mar 15, 2005 05:13 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) – Pal and Chum look a little bit like first-graders on wheels, chatting up a storm and racing around the room.

For Hitachi Ltd., Japan’s biggest electronics conglomerate, they are the next generation of humanoid robots.

Hitachi unveiled the “Emiew,” its first humanoid robot, on Tuesday, saying it was the world’s quickest-moving robot yet.

“We aimed to create a robot that could live and coexist with people,” Toshihiko Horiuchi, project leader at Hitachi’s Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory Robotics Technology Project, told a news conference.

“We want to make the robots useful for people … If the robots moved slower than people, users would be frustrated,” he said, explaining why Hitachi bucked the industry trend and went for wheels instead of feet for its 4.22-feet-tall robot.

Hitachi built the two Emiews — Pal and Chum — for the World Expo, which will take place beginning later this month in Aichi prefecture, about 205 miles west of Tokyo.


Introduction of Human Type Robot, “HUBO”

A team led by professor Oh Jun-ho of the Mechanical Engineering department at KAIST held its first public demonstration of a walking human type robot called HUBO in the school’s Taewoolguan yesterday after three years of research. HUBO is shown bending 10 fingers with primary school children. During the show, HUBO danced and played games with spectators. HUBO measures 125cm and weighs 55kg, and can walk 30cm at a time (left and right strides: 15cm), and can turn itself at an angle of 45 degrees. It has 41 joints and motors all over its body allowing it various body movements.