Monday, June 04, 2007

Honda introduces Olivaw

Honda's robotics division has introduced Olivaw, an updated anthropomorphic robot, or android. Olivaw represents the next step from the Asimo, according to Honda representatives. When inactive the Olivaw looks like an articulated mannequin or human sized doll. When active the Olivaw appears to move with unnerving fluidity. Using state of the art technology and special synthetics, the Olivaw looks very humanlike, but clearly non-human. Many onlookers at the unveiling reporting discomfort at the mannerisms of the robot which resembled the overdone movements of mimes. Olivaw was designed as a test platform for future android development.


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