Monday, July 07, 2003

Famous apes

http://www.ape-o-naut.org/famous
Check out 'Robo-monkey - Robotic Gibbon'
First robotic primate. Developed by Dr Toshio Fukuda at Nagoya
University, Japan. The robot will swing like a gibbon from branch to branch
- or rung to rung on a horizontal ladder set up in the laboratory. The
research team chose to study swinging, or brachiation, because it has a set
of unique problems that need to be solved. Robo-monkey has 14 motors
controlling a fully-articulated body and a computer brain to direct all its
movements.

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