World first: Ecci's creators say it is the most advanced robot ever created with tendons, muscles, bones, a brain and the visual capability of a human
It looks like a stripped-down version of Star Wars character C-3PO.
But this robot is science fact not fiction – and one of the most advanced in the world.
Ecci, as it has been named, is the first ever robot to have ‘muscles’ and ‘tendons’, as well as the ‘bones’ they help move. All made of a specially developed plastic.
And most advanced of all, it also has a brain with the ability to correct its mistakes – a trait previously only seen in humans.
Developed by a team of scientists at the University of Zurich, Ecci, is short for Eccerobot. Ecce in Latin means Lo or Behold.
The robot uses a series of electric motors to move the joints the tendons are connected to.
And a computer built into the brain of Ecci allows him to learn from his mistakes.
If, for example, a movement is causing him to stumble or drop something – the information is studied and analysed to avoid making the same mistake next time.
Learning from its mistakes: The robot has a brain that allows it to analyse data if a movement causes it to stumble or drop something - thereby ensuring it does not happen again
The creation also has the same vision capacity of humans too, despite only having one cyclops style eye.
The scientists now hope their creation will usher in a whole new generation for robots – and could aid development of artificial limbs.