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• BHR-1 & BHR-2 “Huitong”

The Beijing Institute of Technology, funded by CMST (Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology), have developed at least three versions of the BHR (Beijing Humanoid Robot).  Despite China’s massive population, the researchers hope the humanoid robots will be able to tackle hazardous work environments in the future.

The BHR-1 was unveiled in 2002, followed by its successor the BHR-2 (nicknamed Huitong) in 2005.  Both robots stood 158cm (5’1″) tall, weighed 76kg (167 lbs), and had 32 degrees of freedom.  Their wrists and ankle joints were able to rotate a full 360 degrees.  They had a battery autonomy of about 30 minutes.  Huitong is famous for performing the ancient arts of shadow boxing (Taijiquan), and Tai Chi, and in one demonstration it swung a Chinese broad sword.  It can walk approximately 1kmph and can sense changes in ground elevation which it uses to automatically balance itself.

Since then, BIT has unveiled two versions of the BHR-3, nicknamed BeiBei and JingJing.  A few photos of the elusive BHR-1 and a video of BHR-2 are tucked after the break.

[source: King Robot (CN)]

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国产仿人机器人面世

2002年12月29日08:29  华商报

 

这个机器人可“培养”成护士和保姆

本报北京消息(郝毅敏)昨天,我国第一个真正意义上的仿人机器人BHR-01通过了863专家组的验收,并且一板一眼地现场给人们打起了太极拳。

据项目组技术负责人、北京理工大学的黄强教授介绍,BHR-01按照人的样子制作,身高1.58米,体重76公斤,可以像人一样根据地面的高低变化自动 调节平衡状态,稳步行走,速度达到每小时1公里。其全身有32个自由度,手、脚可以完成360度的旋转,比人更灵活。除了行走它还能蹲下、起来、原地踏 步、打太极拳。据了解,研制这个机器人一是完成了高度的集成,把所有电源、电线等控制系统全部放进机器人的内部,实现了机器人无外接电缆行走,二是通过传 感器使机器人有了人的感觉,根据路面环境的变化,来调节走路的方向、速度和步态。据汪光博士介绍,仿人机器人的终极目标是能够像人一样。目前实验室工作重 点是争取把其体重减掉10公斤,然后为其装上视觉、听觉、语音系统,让它代替人到危险的环境中去检修、救援、探测,也可到医院当护士照顾病人,到人家里当 保姆做家务。据了解,我国是世界上继日本之后第二个能做这种机器人的国家,这表明我国的仿人机器人研究进入世界先进水平。