Japan is no stranger to creepy robots, but if they are trying to emulate human babies with the Pneuborn-7II and Pneuborn-13 robots, they might want to go back to the drawing board. I don’t picture these robotic monstrosities laughing adorably on viral YouTube videos anytime soon. Seriously, it would have turned the bubble eating dog into one full minute of horror.
Using a sophisticated set of pneumatic muscles, researchers at Osaka University designed Pneuborn-7II to mimic the movement of a seven-month-old while Pneuborn-13 mimics a a 13-month old walking. The baby bots are set to debut at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Shanghai later this week.
Check out the walking version after the break.