On the topic of humanoid robot design, here’s a video by designer Kota Nezu that would be great to see subtitled. In the last video he discussed his work on ZMP’s RoboCar; this time he dishes on the e-nuvo HUMANOID. Sure, it’s all Japanese but you can see some cool preliminary sketches that indicate the different directions he explored when designing the robot, a process which appears to have begun in April of 2009. From what I could make out, one of the primary hurdles was coming up with a unique face cover for the robot’s head. It’s also interesting to see how early he hit upon the idea of an exoskeleton which was made up of floating congruent leaf-like shapes which ended up defining the look of the robot. These exoskeletal parts had to be beautiful while also allowing access to the inner mechanisms.
Note the importance placed on aesthetics and how Kota Nezu’s talents have transformed what would normally be quite a bland and impersonal piece of machinery into something with a mysterious personality. Bring talented artists and designers on board your robotics projects! See the presentation slides as stills after the break.
Kota Nezu / ZNUG Design