Humanoid Robotics Project

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The Humanoid Robotics Project (HRP) is a project for development of general domestic helper robots, sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), spearheaded by Kawada Industries and supported by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Inc. The HRP series also goes by the name Promet. The HRP should not be confused with the HOAP series (Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform), which is manufactured by Fujitsu.

Features and technology[edit]

The project started with three Honda P3 which were bought from Honda.[1] And, the project developed them as the HRP-1 with original features, such as telecommand system.[1][2]

An interesting feature that HRP-2 has is the ability to stand up again after lying flat on the floor either on its back or front. Something that Honda's ASIMO is not able to do.

AIST and Kawada Industries have also revealed the HRP-4 bipedal humanoid. The HRP-4 stands 150 cm (5′) tall and weighs 39 kg (86 lbs).[3]

Kawada Industries has also developed the NEXTAGE system, envisioned as a production robot that works alongside human workers. The NEXTAGE not a biped but consists of a torso and arms on a fixed base.

Specifications[edit]

Honda P31
(1997)
HRP-1
(1997)
HRP-2P
(1998)
HRP-2 Promet2
(2002)
HRP-3P
(2005)
HRP-3 Promet MK-II2
(2007)
HRP-4C3
(2009)
HRP-4
(2010)
Weight 130 kg 130 kg 58 kg 58 kg 65 kg 68 kg 43 kg 39 kg
Height 160.0 cm 160 cm 154.0 cm 154.0 cm 160.0 cm 160.6 cm 170 cm 151 cm
Width 60.0 cm 60 cm 65.0 cm 62.0 cm 66.4 cm 69.3 cm 44.0 cm
Depth 55.5 cm 55.5 cm 34.0 cm 36.3 cm 41.0 cm 27.0 cm
Walking speed 2 km/h 2 km/h 2 km/h 2 km/h 2 km/h 2 km/h
Battery Ni-Zn
135 V / 6 Ah
Ni-Mh
48 V / 18 Ah
Ni-Mh
48 V / 14.8 Ah
Ni-Mh
Continuous operating time 25 minutes 25 minutes 60 minutes 120 minutes 20 minutes
Degrees of Freedom 28 28 30 30 36 42 42 34
Sensors Eye stereo camera 2 2 3 3 3 3
Eye-camera - - - - 2 2
Scanning range finder - - - - - Yes
Image Honda P3 Fan Fun Lab.jpg HRP-1 front Science Museum Tokyo.jpg HRP-2 front Science Museum Tokyo.jpg
Price 26,000,000JPY

Notes:

1.^ – For reference to compare with the HRP-1.
2.^ - The external appearances of HRP-2 and HRP-3 were designed by Yutaka Izubuchi.[4][5][6]
3.^ – "C" means "Cybernetic Human".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Junya Asano (April 2003). "HRPが最終成果を公開!". Robocon Magazine (in Japanese) (Ohmsha, Ltd). Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ 産総研、働く人間型ロボット開発の中間成果を発表. PC Watch (in Japanese) (Impress Watch Corporation). 2002-04-10. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ ROBOCON Editorial (September 15, 2010) (June 2011). "・HRP-4" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Humanoid Robot HRP-2 "Promet"". Kawada Industries, Inc. (Kawada Industries, Inc.). Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  5. ^ "HRP-3 Promet Robot Blue Collar Style". Technovelgy LLC (Technovelgy LLC). 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  6. ^ "人と共同作業を目指すロボット「HRP-2プロトタイプ」発表". PC Watch (in Japanese) (Impress Watch). 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  7. ^ "産総研、女性型ヒューマノイドロボット「HRP-4C」を発表". Robot Watch (in Japanese) (Impress Watch). 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

Spec sheets[edit]

  • HRP-2P (Japanese) - from Kawada Industries, Inc.
  • HRP-2 - from Kawada Industries, Inc.
  • HRP-3P (Japanese) - from Kawada Industries, Inc.
  • HRP-3 - from Kawada Industries, Inc.
  • HRP-4 (Japanese) - from Kawada Industries, Inc.
  • HTP-4 (Japanese) - from AIST

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