Yes, we're a long way from a walking robot butler, or even Paulie's
wheeled maid in Rocky III, but Kawada Industries, a Japanese
robotics company, continues to push the technology forward. While
their humanoids don't get as much hype as Honda's ASIMO, Kawada's
models have many of the same capabilities.
Maybe the problem is that
they're just not as cute as little ASIMO. The newest version, HRP-3
Promet, looks like it just walked out of an anime book - there's
definitely a Voltron-esque quality. It can walk on two legs, and it's
also waterproof. Still, on looks alone, we prefer its predecessor, the
more colorful HRP-2.—Gregory Mone
But hey, it walks on sand!
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