Japan Makes Swimming Robots
Olympic swimmers have to train for years to get into the kind of peak physical condition that allows them to push the limits of the human body can do. When it comes to robots with amazing physical capabilities it is the developers who work hard to create the almost super human like capabilities of the machine.
In the case of Swumanoid it was both an Olympic athlete and a research team that has worked long and hard to make the root happen. The three foot tall robot was based on the model of a Japanese Olympic swimmer. The team put an Olympic swimmer into the water and then used a special 3D scanner to mimic the motions of the robot and how the muscles moved beneath the skin. For the time being his best stroke in the free stroke, but in time he will perfect other strokes and who knows you may just see him swimming soon.
Source: Pop Sci
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