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  • What's new in my robots pages?

    Wednesday, apr. 6th, 2005 :
    Updated the Toys page with pictures and details for a few new toys.

    Sunday, feb. 6th, 2005 :
    Updated the Fujitsu, Nec and Promet pages with pictures, text and a video.

    Wednesday, sept. 8th, 2004 : BN-1
    Added a Bandai BN-1 page to my real robots collection. Also updated the Wonderborg page a bit.

    This feature will soon be available

    The Wabot-1, developped at the Waseda University between 1970 and 1973, is known as the first humanoid robot in the world.
    Considering this machine was born in the very early 70's, it's announced abilities were impressive : the Wabot had an humanoid structure including working legs, gripping hands with tactile sensors, and "artificial intelligence" systems that made it comparable to a one-and-half-year-old child, as stated at the time.
    As for it's movements abilities, and although it was able to "walk", i've not been able to know if it was actually anything close to the Asimo in term of walking. All i've read is that it was able to achieve "static walking", that is, transferring it's center of gravity from one leg to another and moving the leg/raising the feet accordingly.
    Was it able to take small steps and actually walk, i can't tell...

    AI interaction systemes included a communication system (speech synthesis, speech recognition) and a visual system. It was able to "communicate" in japanese.

    The development that led to the Wabot-1 actually began in 1967 with the WL-1 "biped robot" project. Just as Honda would later proceed, the expriments at the Waseda University first focused on the developments of robotic legs. The WL-5 was used as the Wabot-1 lower limb, and development of the WL series lasted long after the Wabot-1 was introduced.

    In 1984, Waseda University presented the Wabot-2. This machine was the first attemps of specializing a robot in domestic use. The chosen activity was music, and the Wabot-2 got worldwide famous as the first robot in the world which played piano.

    The development of new robots researches continues at the Waseda University. Since 1985, new robots from the Waseda University are presented under the "Wabian" name.

    A few wabot links :
  • Official Wabot history page on the Waseda university website
  • Wabot development Chronology (a very complete robot chronology indeed, as it is not limited to the Waseda projects) on the University of Madrid Website