To say that MANOI, the new 'Athlete Humanoid' robot from Kyosho has life-like movements would be an understatement. The robot looks, feels, and moves just like a character straight out of a Japanese manga or anime. You can see from the video below, how quickly people relate to MANOI on a personal level, almost as if he was actually a child or personal friend.
For example, watch how people pickup, touch, almost caress at times (yes, we're jealous of MANOI!), and treat him with the same respect and tenderness that they would if he was actually real.
In their eyes, MANOI is real. An avatar, a substitute persona, perhaps, but 'real' and 'alive', nevertheless.
Note: This is part 4 of a 4 part report. In earlier sections we looked at MANOI's exterior, how the robot comes apart and its overall body structure, as well as its underlying design, "skeleton", and servos.
All of the robot's design features and styling are great, but how does it actually perform? We've all seen the online video clips showing MANOI balancing on one foot, or strutting as he walks. How is that done? How do all the robots servos work together with it's overall structure to produce its outstanding performance?
We have to admit that we don't have all the answers, at least not yet. But we did put together a short video clip that should give you a good understanding of what the robot is actually capable of, and what you can expect from it:.
Part 1 of 4 - MANOI - Athlete Humanoid Robot - Under The Covers - introduces MANOI with detailed photos and background on RT Corporation
Part 2 of 4 - MANOI Disassembly Process
Part 3 of 4 - MANOI - internal design, structure and layout
Kyosho - MANOI Website (English)
RT Corporation Website - Robot training, kits, and accessories (English)