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'Low Cost Android' to Study the Brain


A simpler Myorobotic arm connected to the neuromorphic computer platform SpiNNaker.

Researchers in the European MoCoTi project have designed the prototype of an android that learns how to actuate its own limbs.

Credit: Soren Jentzch

Researchers working on the European Union-funded MoCoTi project say they have designed the prototype of an android that learns how to actuate its own limbs.

The team says the device is equipped with an artificial brain that controls a tendon-driven robotic arm, and it could be the first step toward the development of low-cost humanoid robotics.

"This is possible because its modular design permits a relatively efficient mass production," says Technical University of Munich researcher Christoph Richter in Germany, who is one of the leaders of the MoCoTi project.

The researchers used the Myorobotics system to imitate the muscles and articulations of the human arm and give the robot increased mobility. The team then designed an artificial cerebellum to control the orders from the locomotor system.

"We reproduce the most important neurons, their connectivity and--importantly--their adaptation and learning in our real-time simulation," Richter says.

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