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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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