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Updated on August 31, 2009

A few sites picked up on a humanoid robot called Justin (pictured left) today.

It is equipped with two robotic arms, jointly developed by the University of Napoli and the German Space Agency, DLR under a European project called Physical Human-Robot Interaction: Dependability and Safety.

They're the same arms I wrote about a few weeks back, in an article focusing on their ability to know whether they have hit you. The arm's force and position sensors, in its joints, offer an analogue to our kinaesthetic sense - the way we use feedback from our muscles and tendons to know where our limbs are without looking. A paper outlining the research can be found here.

The arm's ability to do this may see it become safe enough to work alongside humans in factories, instead of segregating human and robot workforces. DLR researchers have even performed crash tests using themselves as test dummies.

The same capabilities allow Justin to perform some neat tricks. In the video embedded below (also at this link) he uses his joint sensors to maintain a model of his body. When the researchers try to make him hit his own face or body, he knows exactly what's happening and refuses to do it.

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      Luis Beck 8 years ago

      Hi, I am sending you a Webpage about Humanoid Robots, it is a Resume with a lot of new technologies. If you like new ideas to improve your research or products... you also can find there the list of the most famous robots with videos on Youtube.

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      Luis Beck

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      Light Ice 7 years ago from Cebu City

      hi thanks for the links and sorry because it's to late that i reply to anyone who made comments to the post for sure i'll check the links thanks for leaving a comment.

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      watsons123 5 years ago

      Links of London

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