Scientists have provided the public with an ambitious plan to create a humanoid robot with artificial muscles, the creation of which will require a total of nine months.
Engineers at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich are hoping that Roboy growth of 1.2 meters, designed to look like a child will be able to help the sick and the elderly by acting as a mechanical assistant. To help the robot move, the team is working on the creation of an artificial tendon.
In the project team already has 15 partners and more than 40 engineers. Funding for the project will be funded by commercial partners and investment crowdfunding.
"The project is financed through sponsorship and collective funding will allow us to implement a very ambitious project in an academic environment," — said Professor Rolf Pfeifer, project manager.
The team hopes that the creation of Roboy will be the basis for the subsequent creation of "service robots" that will work together with people.
"Service robots — these are the machines that are to some extent able to perform actions on their own. Due to the fact that they share their" living space "of the people — they are friendly to people and security are of great importance," — said the researchers.
When creating robomalchika will be used artificial tendons.
"Thanks to its design, the tendon robots modeled on the person (in the joints of conventional robots lined engines), Roboy will move almost as elegantly and smoothly, like a man. The population of our planet is aging, which makes it necessary to give older people the independence and autonomy as much as possible, for as long possible time. This means that in the area of elder care our robots can be most in demand. We can safely assume that service robots will become part of our lives in the future. They will be just as important as smart phones and laptops. However, the creation of humanoid robots is associated with a fairly big problems. Elements such as fast, smooth movement and a robust, flexible, soft leather, it is difficult to recreate. We need new fundamental data in order to achieve this goal, "- said the researchers.
Roby, is expected to be "born" in March 2013, when it will be presented at the exhibition of robots in Zurich. The laboratory is looking for sponsors to finance and offering to put the logo on the future car for 55 thousand dollars.