Before we discuss why Japan is not afraid of robots as we are afraid, Hiroshi Ishiguro from the University showed its new creation — Ibuki humanoid robot that can move on four wheels. Ishiguro is known for its developments in the field of Android and the uncanny valley. First and foremost, he wants the robots were among the people, and the latest release continues his vision.
The growth of Android is 120 inches and weighs 37 pounds. It was modelled on the 10-year-old child, therefore, looks less intimidating than other robots. The frame of the robot is made from materials such as carbon and plastic, and the face and hands covered with a “skin” of latex. Moving forward on four wheels, with a special joint at the waist, the top mimics the natural movement of the human body with a slight wiggle. His body contains a total of 47 engines, allowing him to smile, to keep things hands with five fingers, waving his arms.
子ども型 #アンドロイド（人間型 #ロボット）”#ibuki（#イブキ）”が #日本科学未来館 で初公開されました。 #大阪大 の #石黒浩 教授らのチームが開発しました（池谷美帆撮影）#robot #android 動画は https://t.co/i0WVqVjpj5 記事はhttps://t.co/Mrc1tWYVX3 pic.twitter.com/gOotXPr1pE
— 読売新聞写真部 (@tshashin) August 1, 2018.
Engineers are planning to add more features for natural communication, including recognition, dialogue, expression of emotions and two legs. Once Ibuki can walk together with people and share with them the impressions.