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The latest FT (female type) humanoid robot by Kyoto University’s Tomotaka Takahashi poses like a fashion model at the creator’s lab in western Japan on April 22. The bot is equipped with 23 actuators and two gyro sensors on its carbon fiber and plastic svelte body. It stands about 14 inches and weighs less than 2 pounds.
Takahashi’s FT isn’t the first robot to go the supermodel route. This mannequin robot, named “Palette,” uses motion-capture technology to strike glamorous poses aimed at making clothing more appealing to consumers. It can also identify bags shoppers are carrying and pass the information along to stores for marketing purposes. Designed by Tatsuya Matsui of Flower Robotics, it debuted at a February 2005 press event in Tokyo.