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Dale H sent this one in from the New Scientist with an amazingly anatomic movement in the robot.

Conventional humanoid robots may look human, but the workings under their synthetic skins are radically different from our anatomy. A team with members across five European countries says this makes it difficult to build robots able to move like we do.

Their project, the Eccerobot, has been designed to duplicate the way human bones, muscles and tendons work and are linked together. The plastic bones copy biological shapes and are moved by kite-line that is tough like tendons, while elastic cords mimic the bounce of muscle.

Neat stuff. This technology looks promising for prosthetic limb replacement. You could do something kind of similar with Muscle wire.

Chris Connors

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