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Tuesday, 14th April 2009
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Robotic supermodel takes to the catwalk in Tokyo

The world's first ever robotic supermodel has been unveiled at Tokyo Fashion Week.

Known as HRP-4C and built at a cost of £1.4 million, the robot has 30 motors allowing her to move and make facial expressions.

Hirohisa Hirukawa, one of the designers who worked on the project, said that the technology is not yet available to allow the robots to compete tasks and chores.

"Even as a fashion model, people in the industry told us she was short and had a rather ordinary figure," he commented.

Meanwhile, Shuki Kajita, head of the construction team, said that another two decades was needed before robots could move fluidly like humans.

Recently, it emerged that a Japanese robotics company has come up with an full-body, electronic suit that could allow disabled people to move.

The so-called exoskeleton reacts to weak biosignals on the surface of the skin.

Written by Mike Cotgreave

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