Japan is now building robotic babies

Osaka University researchers have just created two new robots designed to move around like human babies: Pneuborn-7II mimics the movement of a seven-month-old, whereas Pneuborn-13 imitates a 13-month-old walking. Oh...good?

The two robots use little pneumatic muscles to emulate the motions of lil kids, with the goal of figuring out how to make more robots that can move naturally as humans do. The two pint-sized bots will debut at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Shanghai later this week.

Plastic Pals via io9

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