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Monday, July 05, 2010

Iran unveils robot for "sensitive jobs"

From Al Arabiya:

Iran has developed a new human-like walking robot to be used in "sensitive jobs," government newspaper Iran reported on Sunday.

Soorena-2, named after an ancient Persian warrior, was unveiled by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday. It is 1.45 metres (4.7 feet) tall and weighs 45 kilograms (99 pounds), the report said.

"Walking slowly like human beings with regular arm and leg movements are among its characteristics," it said. "Such robots are designed and developed to be used in sensitive and difficult jobs on behalf of a person or as help."
Now, what sort of "sensitive jobs" might such a robot be meant for? Perhaps something - radioactive?

And doesn't the robot that Iran claims to have developed strongly resemble the Honda Asimo robot?