San Francisco-based Meka Robotics wants to make robots that are human-safe and human-scale, but their new S2 humanoid head is more anime than animal. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Mechanically, it's a marvel: seven degrees of freedom, zero-backlash gearing in the neck, high-res cameras in each eye, and eyelids that move with the fluidity of the real thing.
Giant robot vehicles have long been a staple of science fiction. When do we reality-dwellers get ours?
By PopSci StaffPosted 08.29.2008 at 12:54 pm 22 Comments
Reader Nathan asks: "Do you think we'll ever be able to build robot mecha like the Gundams from the Japanese anime series Gundam or the Valkyries from the Japanese anime series Macross?"
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