April 19, 2016 6:39 pm | Updated 5 years ago.
The new Economic Summit in Tokyo witnessed the launch of a new walking robot by the Japanese company Schaft which is owned by Google’s Alphabet. The robot is designed to have a central body that can be adjusted according to the task along with two legs to increase mobility. It is a low price, low power robot which can be easily used by common people to carry a load up to 60 kgs.
Google had purchased Schaft in the year 2013 from the JSK Laboratory which is a part of the University of Tokyo. This acquisition was in line with Google’s aim to become pioneers in the field of robotics. Schaft was the ultimate choice as it had won the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robotics challenge by designing a bipedal robot with arms.
According to a spokesperson from Alphabet, this was just a demonstration to showcase their work in progress and is not a product launch.
Date of Publication: April 11, 2016