The Robot 'Wow' Factor – Kiyomori

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Want to see something really wicked? Something robotic that is so impressive that it makes a lot of the other robots you've seen look like toys? Something that's so fantastically cool you'll be drooling over it?


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We could rattle on and on about how fantastic the performance of the Kiyomori robot is - after all it has 39 degrees of freedom including 14 degrees of freedom in its legs alone. It's the first robot we've seen that can actually walk like a human.

Other advanced robots, like Asimo, are certainly bipedal and can mimic human walking to a great extent. But, even so, they still tend to look as if they have a pretty severe case of hemorrhoids or diaper rash when they try to walk.

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Why? Primarily because their knees are inflexible. Human beings, like you and I, actually flex our knees when we walk - and now, so does Kiyomori. The result is a walking gait that really looks like human walking instead of looking like a robot mimicking a human.

There's a lot more to Kiyomori than just the way he walks, but rather than listen to us, why not take a look for yourself?


Go to the new Kiyomori website and check it all out. Don't worry - the majority of the site is in English, and it's pretty intuitive. Our favorite is the video clip (movie 02 on the "Movie" page) that shows Kiyomori doing his stuff.

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Related links:

Kiyomori Website

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