Japan’s HRP-4C or “Miim” robot gets a new walk

Japan loves their robots, esepcially ones that look like attractive women and the “Miim” robot, otherwise known as HRP-4C, from the developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST is no exception.Well with one maybe, they were never happy with the way that she walked. With 30 motors that let it walk, move its arms; as well as 8 motors for facial expressions, Miim is based on User Centered Robot Open Architecture.This allows the robot to utilize some fundemental robotic techniques as well as realime Linux, RT middleware, something called robot simulator openHRP3 and speech recognition.

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HRP-4C sings Hitoto Yo’s “Hanamizuki.” – CEATEC Japan 2009

Loaded with Yamaha’s Vocaloid singing voice synthesizer software, the HRP-4C female fashion model/humanoid robot can now give her animated counterparts a go for their money.

The HRP-4C robot was developed by AIST. The anime-faced humanoid with slightly oversized eyes, a tiny nose and shoulder length hair boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of flesh-and-blood fashion models. At just over 5 feet tall and 95 pounds in weight, she’s thin enough to give the other girls on the catwalk a turn. And the manga-inspired face, with a tiny nose and large eyes, should keep the plastic surgery market afloat in even in the most dire economic climates. Unlike modern models, however, the HRP-4C walks down the runway with constantly bent knees and is fully capable of smiling. In case you are looking for an HRP-4C of your own, a similar model will cost you $3 million dollars.

Her latest foray was in cosplay as Hatsune Miku at CEATEC Japan 2009…