Standing 6-feet tall and weighing 275-pounds, NASA's anime-inspired Valkyrie superhero robot features a series of cameras, sonar, and other sensors spread across its body for collision / object detection while walking. The robot can be operated by someone with limited robotics experience, thanks to its modular design, allowing for someone to replace body parts in just minutes. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here's what Nicolaus Radford, team leader for the project, has to say:
"We take our soft goods very seriously. Our robot is soft. If you brush against it while you're working, you don't want to feel this cold, hard metal.
You want it to feel natural, like you're working with another human being. The soft goods, the clothes we put on the robot, give it that feel, that appearance of being more comfortable to be near."
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