Isamu is a robot that recognizes human faces and walks up and
down stairs. His brain? Dual Pentiums running RTLinux. Rick
Lehrbaum has the details.
"Isamu is a joint project of the University of Tokyo's Jouhou
System Kougaku Laboratory (JSK Lab) and the Aircraft and Mechanical
Systems Division of Kawada Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan). To
date, the two organizations have teamed up to build two Isamu
robots -- dubbed 'H6' and 'H7'."
"The purpose of the project is to develop test-beds for research
into a wide range of applications for 'human interactive motion
control technology'. For example, Kawada Industries intends to use
Isamu as a platform to explore potential commercial applications in
markets like construction systems, disaster relief, aids for the
handicapped, rehabilitation and training devices, and