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This humanoid robot from Japan can help you hang drywall

Is that you, Chappie?

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Image: Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has introduced a new robot that might look familiar. The HRP-5P, like Boston Dynamic’s ATLAS, offers a minimal framework that leaves all of its sensors, motors, and electronics exposed.

The report says the HRP-5P, like ATLAS, is exposed because of the variety of different sensors located all around its body to visualize its surroundings, obstacles, and objects its hands need to interact with. Hiding them behind body panels would reduce their effectiveness.

Outer housing would also add more weight to the robot, which is already 222 pounds. At this weight, the machine is light enough to work in environments designed for humans to navigate without special accommodations. Like home repair, as seen in the video below.

Take a look:

A fancy outer housing would also add weight to the robot. In its current design, HRP-5P comes in at about 222-pounds. That isn’t light by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s light enough to work in environments designed for humans to navigate without special accommodations needed for the robot’s weight.

I’m happy that the HRP-5P doesn’t look like a human and exposes its insides. I think that’s how all robots should be. Machines that look like you and I give me the creeps.

What do you think of the HRP-5P? Is this the type of robot you’d like to see doing work around your home? Let us know below. 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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