Masahiko Yamaguchi's modified KHR-3HV humanoid walks more like a human – note the trailing leg lifts off at its "toes"
Masahiko Yamaguchi's modified KHR-3HV humanoid walks more like a human – note that its leading foot lands on its heel
V-Sido real-time robot control software gives this robot a more naturalistic walk
V-Sido's inverse-kinematic control allows the robot to be led around by the hand
The KHR-3HV robot's hardware has been slightly modified but would normally cost around US$1,800 (Photo: Masahiko Yamaguchi)
While there are several humanoid robot kits available to hobbyists, most of them leave much to be desired when it comes to walking the way we do. The fact that they can move on two feet at all is pretty cool, but most simply bend their knees and make a series of quick little steps, resulting in a gait which looks like they're shuffling rather than really walking. Professional roboticists and programmers are now beginning to show some improvements that are worth seeing in action.
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