Monday, 16 Mar, 2009 Technology

Latest Invention: World's First Cybernetic Fashion Model to Be Presented in Japan


A black-haired cybernetic fashion model is going to be presented at a fashion show that will take place in Japan.

The latest technological invention is dubbed HRP-4C. It features 30 motors that help the cyber model to walk and move her arms and 8 motors on the face that help HRP-4C express anger, surprise, as well as other emotions.

Recently the developers carried out a demonstration of their latest invention in technology. During the demonstration the robot model tottered out, blinked, and said "Hello, everyone" using a tiny feminine voice. It is worth mentioning that while the robot was saying these words, its mouth moved.

Surely this prototype is not yet ready to hit the podium in Milan. During the demonstration her eyes always looked surprised and she continuously opened her mouth and eyes as though she was astonished when one of the engineers had asked HRP-4C to smile or show an angry look.

The walk of the Japanese engineers' latest invention was also not really ready for a fashion show. This was partly due to the fact that she must maintain her knees always bent. Though HRP-4C features sensors in her feet, there's no sensitive balance of a real person.

"Technologically, it hasn't reached that level. Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure," said Hirohisa Hirukawa, from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. According to the developers the most complicated for them was to create small "feminine" parts. The robot was developed to resemble an average Japanese woman.

The HRP-4C will hit the markets with a price of about 20 million yen ($203,000). The price does not include the face and other coverings, just the robotic framework. Scientists said that the programming technology will be made public so people would feel free to propose interesting new moves for the robot.

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