Thursday, August 9, 2007

'aizu bandaisan' Dance Robot

Scientists in Japan have designed a robot that can accurately imitate human dance movements. This 58kg dancebot is known as HRP-2 or Promet. It is the latest approach to holding onto traditional folk dances as the people skilled in performing them gradually die off.

Using video motion capture technology, the human dance movements are translated and fed into the robot's processors. Then, HRP-2 can mimic the traditional 'aizu bandaisan' folk dance.

At the moment the robot's biggest weakness as a dancer is keeping its balance. While HRP-2 can faithfully reproduce any upper-body movement a human can make, its footwork is far from nimble. Its legs cannot keep up with complicated dance steps.

Daily Mail

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