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AllLinuxDevices: Fujitsu Introduces Miniature Humanoid Robot, HOAP-1

Sep 12, 2001, 03:08 (1 Talkback[s])
"Fujitsu Automation Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that they have jointly developed a new miniature humanoid robot, named HOAP-1(*1), designed for wide application in research and development of robotic technologies. Fujitsu Automation will begin domestic sales of the robot from today and hopes to sell 100 units within three years. Details on the new robot will be announced at the Robotics Society of Japan meeting to be held September 18 at Tokyo University.

Weighing 6kg and standing 48cm tall, the light and compact HOAP-1 and accompanying simulation software can be used for developing motion control algorithms in such areas as two-legged walking, as well as in research on human-to-robot communication interfaces. Fujitsu is disclosing the internal interface architecture of HOAP-1 to allow users to freely develop their own programs. The robot's basic simulation software enables virtual trial-runs of their control programs prior to actual implementation. The wide range of use and safe and efficient program development environment make HOAP-1 an ideal tool for research and development work in robotics.

The basic simulation software and user-developed programs are designed to run on RT-Linux on an operating command PC, which communicates with the the robot through a USB interface. The robot's internal sensors and actuators (motors) also use USB interface and can be easily expanded according to needs."

Press Release (with picture)