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Swumanoid: Robot That Swims Like a Human

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Think you’d be safe on the water when the Robocalypse happens, humans?
Think again: 

… researchers Chung Changhyun and Motomu Nakashima at the Tokyo
Institute of Technology have developed a robot that can faithfully reproduce
a swimmer’s whole-body motion while measuring water resistance.

To create the robot, the researchers first performed a 3D body
scan of a real person. A 1/2 scale model was built using 3D printed
parts. The robot was then outfitted with 20 water-proof motors, and
programmed the necessary motions to reproduce realistic crawl, breaststroke,
backstroke, butterfly, and even dog paddling and treading water.

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June 10th, 2012

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