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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...

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