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Image of HRP-4C in all her glory  (Source: AP)
A new robot created by Japanese researchers will walk the catwalk next week in Tokyo

Researchers at the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have created a new "cybernetic human" robot that is able to move, walk, create facial expressions, and will walk down the catwalk.

Although it can walk down the catwalk by itself, it hasn't met necessary safety standards to be able to walk with human models on the catwalk.  It will, however, walk by itself during a fashion show in Tokyo next week.

Developers admit that their creation isn't ready to be used in the house as a daily chore worker yet, but the technology is surely getting there.

"Technologically, it hasn't reached that level," developer Hirohisa Hirukawa said.  "Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure."

The robot, called HRP-4C, is 60 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds developers said in a statement.  HRP-4C's predecessor weighed 128 pounds total.  Its main purpose, for now, will be to attract attention at shopping malls or amusement parks, along with serving other roles in the entertainment industry.

It was designed to look like a regular Japanese woman, but has a silver and black body that makes it look like it's really wearing some type of space suit.  When it walks the catwalk next week, it won't be wearing the clothes, so it looks more normal.

Its face was inspired by popular Japanese anime, as researchers were scared to make it look too life like.

"If we had made the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny," humanoid researcher Shuji Kajita said.  "We have deliberately leaned toward an anime style."

The Japanese robotics industry is one of the best in the world, and continues to make breakthroughs toward the idea of having robots help people in the household.  Several robots created at the Tokyo University of Science and Osaka University are being tested as receptionists. 

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Star Wars
By Brandon Hill on 3/16/2009 5:57:30 PM , Rating: 5
Paint the suit white instead of silver and she'd make a great Stormtrooper.

"These aren't the droids you're looking for"

RE: Star Wars
By JasonMick on 3/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: Star Wars
By inperfectdarkness on 3/16/2009 10:32:35 PM , Rating: 2
this deserves a 6

RE: Star Wars
By Joz on 3/16/2009 11:07:54 PM , Rating: 1
it deserves a 7.

RE: Star Wars
By Chocobollz on 3/18/2009 1:35:12 AM , Rating: 2
And you get 7 - 6 = 1 point :p

RE: Star Wars
By Alexvrb on 3/16/2009 11:17:15 PM , Rating: 5
Isn't she a little short for a stormtrooper?

RE: Star Wars
By ertomas on 3/17/2009 9:25:29 AM , Rating: 2
We'd have to compare her side by side with Peter Griffin and see who is shorter!

RE: Star Wars
By AnnihilatorX on 3/17/2009 2:03:53 PM , Rating: 3
Isn't she a little short for a stormtrooper?

All stormtroopers need to be short to not to hit the ceiling or bottom of archways of many space station designs.

RE: Star Wars
By Boze on 3/17/2009 1:11:34 AM , Rating: 5
Looks more like a female Mega Man to me...

What special power does it get when it defeats the runway models?

You got: Heroin Tolerance!

RE: Star Wars
By Alexvrb on 3/17/2009 11:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
Looks more like a female Mega Man to me...
Hmm, that doesn't look like Roll at all to me. Although admittedly my only experience with Roll was Marvel vs. Capcom 1 and 2. :P She's still more powerful than Dan!

RE: Star Wars
By TedStriker on 3/17/2009 10:32:10 AM , Rating: 3
The picture looks like it's saying "Oh dear, We're Doomed!!!"

RE: Star Wars
By AnnihilatorX on 3/17/2009 2:05:12 PM , Rating: 3
That's the same expression as sims in The Sims witnessing a house fire.

RE: Star Wars
By Alexvrb on 3/17/2009 11:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not my Sims. They always had more of a f*&% it expression. Of course, my Sims were always the ones starting the fires, usually at other Sims houses...

Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By ZimZum on 3/16/2009 10:51:45 PM , Rating: 5
Oh the mind boggles at the possibilities. Never going to gain weight, no sassy backtalk. And unlike all of my previous girlfriends, they aren't imaginary.

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By exanimas on 3/17/2009 1:38:36 AM , Rating: 4
"Which of the following would you prefer? A puppy; a pretty flower from your sweetie; or a large, properly formatted data file? Choose!"

Finally, a girl who will choose the data file! Unless the puppy is mechanical in some way....

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Mr Perfect on 3/17/2009 1:14:05 PM , Rating: 1
The flower would also have been acceptable.

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Proteusza on 3/17/2009 5:36:44 AM , Rating: 4
Awesome-O is not a pleasure model! Awesome-O is not a pleasure model! Help!

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By wordsworm on 3/17/2009 6:18:49 AM , Rating: 3
I don't suggest taking a bath with it. I doubt if they're waterproof.

One thing it might have in common with my wife is that she can't cook.

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Machinegear on 3/17/2009 9:56:10 AM , Rating: 4
A possible good looker.

Too bad she has man hands. :-)

RE: Fembot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Pythias on 3/17/2009 12:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yay! A more expensive means of masturbation! Cherry 2000 here we come!

Earth to Japan:
By GeorgeH on 3/16/2009 6:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
C-3PO with a plastic face != model.

RE: Earth to Japan:
By ZipSpeed on 3/16/2009 6:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
She sure has large hands for her size. You know what they say about girls with large hands...

RE: Earth to Japan:
By Gzus666 on 3/16/2009 6:53:21 PM , Rating: 5
They are actually men?

RE: Earth to Japan:
By Aloonatic on 3/17/2009 7:22:24 AM , Rating: 2
Now you tell me...

RE: Earth to Japan:
By Bladen on 3/17/2009 5:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
They're clowns?

By FITCamaro on 3/16/2009 6:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why is its mouth open?

RE: Question
By AssBall on 3/16/2009 9:10:02 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is because it is talking, or doing a facial expression of surprise.

RE: Question
By amanojaku on 3/16/2009 10:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe she still remembers that time I...

RE: Question
By Whaaambulance on 3/17/2009 1:21:51 PM , Rating: 2

Enough said.

RE: Question
By grandpope on 3/17/2009 4:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't know, i'm not going to tell you.

RE: Question
By phazers on 3/17/2009 4:35:13 PM , Rating: 3
She's saying "All my boyfriends are *THIS* big!"


Breaking NEWS!
By mkruer on 3/16/2009 6:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are already taking advanced orders from the single-male amine fans group. I guess Futurama had it right with the Lucy Liu bot.

RE: Breaking NEWS!
By AlexWade on 3/16/2009 9:05:37 PM , Rating: 1
Mr. Universe's dream is becoming a reality.

"It was a beautiful ceremony. Lenore wrote her own vows. I cried like a baby, a hungry angry baby."

Oh, how I miss the show Firefly. I'm going to watch every episode again. And then movie Serenity, yet again.

RE: Breaking NEWS!
By SlyNine on 3/16/2009 9:40:20 PM , Rating: 3
"Hey baby, you wanna kill all humans ?"

Dot Matrix
By Sir Picto on 3/16/2009 9:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
...minus the gold wig.

RE: Dot Matrix
By FredEx on 3/17/2009 8:12:32 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe they use transmission fluid in her, then ya get Red Wings.

Getting there
By imachip on 3/16/2009 10:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
The body is fine and the head is ok. For me the hands looked a bit odd, aren't they a little big?

Now they need to create the brain, which I believe is at least decades away (the body can greatly improve in the mean time anyway).

My bets on some type of custom organic brain first (following on from the rat-brain controlled robot). One day we may be able to manipulate cells to do what we want, why would be looking for silicon solutions when we could build the brain out of some type of stem cells?

RE: Getting there
By 9nails on 3/17/2009 10:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
The hands really did stand out for me too. Like penguin flippers, they just look out of place. Either the size, or maybe even position. Getting past that, the walk was just a bit rough / mechanical. Certainly thing have come along far since Asimo. Another 10 - 15 years and it might be common to mistake one of the robots as a person - at a glance.

What is in a name?
By phaxmohdem on 3/16/2009 10:23:57 PM , Rating: 4
"The robot, called HRP-4C"

did anybody think "HRP-ES" at first glance? no? just me?.. crap...

Robot Pants
By rburnham on 3/17/2009 10:02:24 AM , Rating: 2
"I am Awesome-X! Thank you city! No... thank YOU city!"

RE: Robot Pants
By Teh Interwebz on 3/17/2009 11:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
Welcome to you're "doom!"

Robo ears and green hair
By AnnihilatorX on 3/17/2009 2:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
"We have deliberately leaned toward an anime style."

I am surprised they haven't included Chobits style ear terminals and green/blue/blonde/pink hair colors.

RE: Robo ears and green hair
By smegz on 3/18/2009 3:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why did you have to go Chobits. Now everyone will want to know where her on/off switch is.

By yxalitis on 3/17/2009 12:06:56 AM , Rating: 3
Pffft, come on, it's a chick in a suit, until I see one with it's head ripped off, showing me all the wires and stuff, I won't believe it...
OK, as this is the Intrawebs, I'm joking.
I think it great, we have a robot performing the most mindless use of human beings since production line assembly parades. Think of the savings, why, it'll pay for itself in no time, just in saved champagne and cocaine costs.

An Anime style?
By Belard on 3/16/2009 10:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
And as someone has posted "what would make it useful" -

Well for anime fans who don't have girlfriends, they can buy one. Just needs a little bit of work, needs to have different hair-styles, blue, red, orange... but the face is still more human than anime in syle.

Of course the sexual add-ons are already on the market :(

I think RealDoll (the company) may have some competition fom the Japanese, but they've already known that for some time. But yes, the sex industry IS very interested in this tech.

Sad thing is, there is most likely some guys out there that will take her as is...

Not as creepy as this one
By Spookster on 3/16/2009 11:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
It's hard to tell the difference between the scientist and his android version of himself.

By phez on 3/17/2009 2:05:44 AM , Rating: 2
What's with the HUGE arms?

By lemonadesoda on 3/17/09, Rating: 0
RE: 1-800-help
By Denithor on 3/17/2009 10:34:14 AM , Rating: 2
Don't ask

...we might tell you!


By DragonFire on 3/17/2009 1:03:45 PM , Rating: 2
By Your Command

Somebody's Gotta Ask
By grandpope on 3/17/2009 4:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
But can it play Crysis?

BJ's for all?
By bigbubba on 3/18/2009 1:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, it looks like it's ready to give out free BJ's in the photo. Man, talk about a toothy BJ. With all the Japanese anime porno, are we are that this isn't a pleasure model?! First it walks down the catwalk, next it's swinging from a pole, it's not a big step :p

By afkrotch on 3/16/09, Rating: -1
By anonymousk104 on 3/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By ultimaone on 3/16/2009 8:35:55 PM , Rating: 1

By melgross on 3/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: Usefulness?
By Hypernova on 3/16/2009 6:15:03 PM , Rating: 3
Well it will do a great job at scarring many a child for life. Making them vigilant of robots, forming a great source of recruits for fighting the upcoming robot revolution where this thing marries Skynet.

RE: Usefulness?
By quiksilvr on 3/16/2009 11:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget the evolution of sexbots. Gotta remember the sexbots.

RE: Usefulness?
By nowayout99 on 3/16/2009 7:14:25 PM , Rating: 5
Judging from the open mouth, I can only assume it serves multiple functions.

RE: Usefulness?
By CyborgTMT on 3/16/2009 8:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
Give me 2 Armatrons, a Big Trak, and a Mrs. Potato Head and I'll build one of these over the weekend.

RE: Usefulness?
By lagitup on 3/16/2009 8:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
Give me 2 Armatrons, a Big Trak, and a Mrs. Potato Head and I'll build one of these over the weekend.

Pathetic! I could do it in 3 hours on a Thursday with only a pound of red kool-aid powderand an easy bake oven.

RE: Usefulness?
By Hypernova on 3/16/2009 11:28:51 PM , Rating: 4
But can you do it IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!?

RE: Usefulness?
By Chocobollz on 3/18/2009 1:51:39 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry Sir but I'm not Tony Stark..

RE: Usefulness?
By spread on 3/16/2009 8:49:35 PM , Rating: 3
It also gives blowjobs.

RE: Usefulness?
By scrapsma54 on 3/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: Usefulness?
By afkrotch on 3/17/2009 2:31:43 PM , Rating: 1
There should only be 2 types of robots out there.

1. Sex bot
2. Terminator

You may combine the two and pray it doesn't mistake what it's suppose to do.

RE: Usefulness?
By smegz on 3/18/2009 3:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
Or, only one type where the sex-bot turns into a terminator when you no longer call her.

RE: Usefulness?
By Icehearted on 3/19/2009 2:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
That would make it a little too lifelike...

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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