Cruuuunch. Remember the sound, because it’s likely to be the last thing you hear as you see the contents of your body somehow digested through the visible Endoskeleton support structure of the latest in robo-gadgetry, the Eccerobot.

If the name isn’t enough to make you contemplate full, electro-conductive body armor options, the clunky movement of the Eccerobot may be. Held together by kiteline and bungee cord tendons, the thermoplastic polymorph bone material aims to give a more complimentary humanoid appearance. Video following.

The Eccerobot (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) is a continuation from what started as the CRONOS project at the University of Essex way back in 2004. With research ending in 2007, an international consortium of five partners interested in the continued explorations of cognitive robotics has taken the helm, with Professor Owen Holland leading the way.

[CRONOS] has three goals: to design and build a robot using anthropomimetic principles; to characterise its dynamics and control it; and to exploit its human-like characteristics to produce some human-like cognitive features. – Robotics and Embedded Systems

Attempting to avoid any exaggerated robot apocalypse scenarios, it’s actually heart-warming to see human physiological attributes being applied to electro-mechanical Artificial Intelligence… Who am I kidding, it’s all ‘interacting in it’s environment in an inherently safe way’ one day, then it’s, plug in in and control your own sentient being, only to have it send a signal back to take you out, the next. See Eccerobot and trailer for Surrogates below. Fortunately, we always win.

So from this….

to this…?

I’m getting more excited each day.

Source: New Scientist


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