Although we have yet to perfect an artificial intelligence that can solidly pass the Turing Test, developers are nevertheless endeavoring to create humanoid robots that can mimic our physical attributes. A team from Switzerland aims to take this humanoid robot trend in an interesting new direction by creating a realistic robot boy.
Developed by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich, the Roboy is a tendon-driven humanoid robot that will ultimately be about the size of a 4-year-old child. Similar to the Kenshiro robot, what makes the Roboy unique is its focus on closely replicating the functions of human tendons, joints, bones, and muscles. While the robot is still in the construction phase, the group is hoping to raise funds for the production of the Roboy by selling logo space on its body, which will be displayed when it goes on tour later this year.
The lab expects to unveil the finished version of the Roboy in March of 2013 at the World Congress and Exhibition of Robots, Humanoids, Cyborgs and more in Zurich. In the meantime, you can see a bit more of the Roboy in the video below.