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December 28 2012

Artificial tendons give natural movement to robot boy


The Artificial Lab at the University of Zurich is working on Roboy -- a robot humanoid boy -- capable of naturalistic movement thanks to a system of tendons.

The project is an extension of the ECCE robot project led by Owen Holland of the University of Sussex.

ECCE was designed to be anthropomimetic, meaning it sought to mimic not only how human actions look but also how they are performed within the body. Of particular interest to the Roboy team was ECCE's anthropomorphic, tendon-driven arm, ANTHROB which flexes and rotates with a human-like range of movements.

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