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Twendy-One, a robot designed to help the elderly and disabled people around the house, demonstrates carrying a food tray at Waseda University in Tokyo November 27, 2007. Twendy-one was designed by robotics researchers at Waseda University to have human-sized four-fingered hands cabable of picking up and holding delicate objects without crushing them.  REUTERS/Michael Caronna (JAPAN)

Twendy-One

Described as a “human symbiotic robot” Twendy-One is designed to co-exist with humans and assist with nursing care and housekeeping. To this end its developers focused on safety, dependability and dexterity in constructing their robot. For collision safety the robot’s outer shell is overlaid with soft silicone skins and force sensors that detect physical contact with a person on any part of its body. This is a key component of a “passive impedance mechanism” that enables the robot to adapt to unexpected external forces on the fly.

Twendy-One’s size and range of movement are designed to reflect those of the average adult female. It measures 1.46m (4.8 feet) high and 73.4cm (2 feet) wide. To overcome the limitations and difficulties of a bipedal design the developers of Twendy-One gave it an omni-directional wheel-based mechanism for mobility that allows the robot to move around efficiently even if the robot is in a narrow space. This mobile mechanism equips twelve ultrasonic sensors and a six-axis force sensor to detect objects and humans near the robot and avoid collisions.
[Source: http://newatlas.com/twendy-one-robot-elderly/14496/]

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Weight 111 kg
Dimensions 146 cm
Facial shape

Alien-Like

Eyebrows

None

Eyes

Round Camera Lense

Eyelashes

None

Eyelids

None

Eyeshape

Round

Nose

None

Inner Mouth

None

Lips

None

Chin

None

Teeth

None

Ears

None

Cheeks

None

Neck

Larger compared to human proportion

Degrees of Freedom

3

Skin Type

Not defined

Skin Color

blue, White

Facial Hair

None

Country

Japan

Purpose

Assistant, Domestic

Created by

Waseda University

Frame composition

mobile vehicle

Version

Ongoing

Origin

Helper

Target group

People in need of Psych/Physical help

Mouth

None

Head-Neck-Body

Head-Neck-Body

Mouth emotion

Not defined

Tongue

None

Eye Size

Out of proportion, big

Introduction to public

2007

Talking

Talking without displaying it

Gender

Undefined

Eye Specification

Camera as Pupil, Iris and Pupil