World’s first ‘female fashion model robot’, HRP-4C, unveiled

HRP-4C TSUKUBA, Japan- Japanese researchers have unveiled a robot that will soon strut her stuff on a Tokyo catwalk. The girl-faced humanoid boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of flesh-and-blood fashion models.

A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms to make a debut at a fashion show.

But it still hasn’t cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models.

Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organisation, said their “cybernetic human,” wasn’t ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people – as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.

“Technologically, it hasn’t reached that level,” said Hirohisa Hirukawa, one of the robot’s developers. “Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure.”

For now, the 158 centimetre tall black-haired robot code-named HRP-4C – whose predecessor had weighed 58 kg – will mainly serve to draw and entertain crowds.

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Developers said the robot may be used in amusement parks or to perform simulations of human movement, as an exercise instructor, for instance.

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