Although it looks like something out of a bad
science fiction movie, developers in America have designed a robot
with functioning, human-like eyes, arms and hands in the latest step
towards the first "cyborg" lifeform.
Domo is able to see what it is doing and respond,
enabling it to hold items, like this ripe banana, without
Created at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Domo is able to interact with humans and move things
with its arms thanks to two camera "eyeballs" linked to 12
Aaron Edsinger, the developer, designed the eyes to
look human: "I found that, by making them immediately understandable
as eyes, it was very easy to read the eye gaze direction, which is
important when working with it."
In a major advance on assembly-line robots, it can
sense its surroundings and does not work to a pre-programmed
routine. MIT has also developed "walking" robots that adapt to their
However, there is still a long way to go before they
can link human-like abilities into one robot.
"The real potential is going to be realised when
they can do many types of manual tasks," said Mr Edsinger.
See more at people.csail.mit.edu/edsinger/domo.htm