No CeBIT show would be complete without some cool robotics demonstrations, not least because the area of robotics is one where we are seeing real technological progress in recent years. Sascha and Nicole came across a Robotics project called Roboy, the result of collaboration between several research projects including Myorobotics, the Human Brain Project and the University of Melbourne among several others. The project is also funded from exclusive sponsorships through crowd funding!
Although we don’t currently have complete specifications for the Roboy Junior robot (that would be impressive…), we did glean some insight as to what kind of innovative design strategies are being employed. As you can see from the video (below), Roboy doesn’t use motors to come alive and interact with the world around him, instead Roboy is modeled after the human body and uses a ground-breaking technology known as ANTHROB (Anthropomorphic tendon-driven arms). These tendon-driven arms work in a similar way to human muscles, and have the benefit of being much closer to mimicking human interaction.
The Roboy project is massive. The collaborative effort involved is pretty impressive, with over twenty separate groups working on individual elements of the Roboy robot ; Zurich University – the spine, Zhaw School of Engineering – muscle simulation, while the shape of the robot’s head was the result of a Facebook campaign. The project also receives support from more than fifty other companies including exclusive sponsors and crowd funding – check out the sponsor stickers that Roboy is wearing in the video. Looks like he has more sponsorship than your average F1 motor car!