Roboy, a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings, had the help of over 40 engineers and scientists to help bring it to life. The robot is expected to be able to move almost as elegantly as a human.
Roboy will be a “service robot,” capable of executing services independently for the convenience of human beings.
Roboy is based on another, older anthropomorphic robot with a tendon system known as Ecce. Unlike Ecce, Roboy will be more comfortable looking to humans, as Ecce looked like a scary Cyclops robot.
“Soft robots” like Roboy are important because it makes them more appealing when interacting with humans, giving them the appearance that they are safer and more pleasant.
Service robots are already being used in a variety of areas, including household chores, surveillance work and cleaning. Eventually, these robots could be used to help out the aging population in the U.S.