ATR And VStone Unveil A Life-Sized Robovie R3

ATR And VStone Unveil A Life-Sized Robovie R3

Posted On: April 18, 2010
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Less than a month since the iPod touch-based Robovie-mR2, the folks at ATR and Vstone already have something new. The Robovie R3 humanoid robot. It’s designed primarily to aid in research involving the elderly or disabled and the R3 is apparently “life-sized,”.

The R3 has 11 touch sensors throughout the body and a pair of USB cameras for eyes, two microphones and a speaker, an optional laser range finder, and a top speed of 2.5 kilometers per hour. It’s pretty good at moving around and can move omnidirectionally and even overcome small changes in floor height. It’s “gripper hands” presumably can handle all of the basic needs with ease.

It isn’t for you and I however. It’s for researchers, so it will only be available to institutions working with robots for ¥3,800,000 (About $41,000).

[Engadget]