The robot has been, rather worryingly, built over a human skeleton and shows a network of microfilament muscle “tissues” which are able to accurately able to mimic human movements.
What makes them really scary is that the researchers have created the muscles as an almost exact replica of our own muscle groups, allowing them to contract and expand just as you would your own limbs.
The team even went so far as to try and mimic the muscle groups in the jaw, which they did to worrying effect:
Ok so this robot isn’t going to be winning any 100m contests anytime soon, but what it does show is that we both have the technology and understanding to use our own biology to shape the future of robotics, and in particular humanoid robots.
At the moment the team’s prototype is still very much a prototype, so much so in fact that it can’t walk without being held up.
We’re going to regret saying this but we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Robots In 2016: These Are The Robots And Drones That Will Change Our Lives
1 Robots that can deliver other robots:Amazon/AP
2 Robots that could soon be saving lives:MARK RALSTON via Getty Images
3 Robots that can carry your stuff:MARK RALSTON via Getty Images
4 Robots that can kill:AFP via Getty Images
5 Robots that can race each other:YOSHIKAZU TSUNO via Getty Images
6 Robots that are toys:ASSOCIATED PRESS
7 Robots that will do your weekly shop: