Constructing machine and car prototypes designed for simulations and testing can save money and lives. But if we could create anatomically correct mechanical versions of our own bodies with the same testing and simulations in mind it could revolutionize how we design our entire world.
Now, a group of roboticists have unveiled something that could do just that. Created by researchers at the University of Tokyo, Kenshiro is a "musculoskeletal" humanoid robot that simulates the body of a 12-year-old child, complete with artificial muscles and skeletal structures. The robot features aluminum bones and 160 artificial muscles in its neck, shoulders, trunk, and legs, all with the ability to expand and contract, essentially mimicking the natural movements and positional stresses of a real human body.
Kenshiro doesn't yet have the ability to match the true speed and precision of a human, but the accuracy of the robot's construction could ultimately go a long way towards helping us to learn more about how the human body functions.
That Terminator robot is looking more and more like an inevitability. You can see the Kenshiro robot in action in the video below.