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Fujitsu Introduces Miniature Humanoid Robot, HOAP-1

HOAP-1 Tokyo, September 10, 2001--- Fujitsu Automation Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that they have jointly developed a new miniature humanoid robot, named HOAP-1(*1), designed for wide application in research and development of robotic technologies. Fujitsu Automation will begin domestic sales of the robot from today and hopes to sell 100 units within three years. Details on the new robot will be announced at the Robotics Society of Japan meeting to be held September 18 at Tokyo University.

Weighing 6kg and standing 48cm tall, the light and compact HOAP-1 and accompanying simulation software can be used for developing motion control algorithms in such areas as two-legged walking, as well as in research on human-to-robot communication interfaces. Fujitsu is disclosing the internal interface architecture of HOAP-1 to allow users to freely develop their own programs. The robot's basic simulation software enables virtual trial-runs of their control programs prior to actual implementation. The wide range of use and safe and efficient program development environment make HOAP-1 an ideal tool for research and development work in robotics.

The basic simulation software and user-developed programs are designed to run on RT-Linux on an operating command PC, which communicates with the the robot through a USB interface. The robot's internal sensors and actuators (motors) also use USB interface and can be easily expanded according to needs.

[Major Features]

Height48 cm
Weight6 kg
Joint Mobility20 DOF (Degrees of Freedom)
Operating Command PCComes standard with poser, viewer, and basic simulation software. OS: RT-Linux
Direct Interface and
   Robot's Internal Network
USB 1.0 (12Mbps)
Control cycle1ms
PowerDC24V x 6.2A (150W)
Sales Target100 robots within 3 years
Manufacturer and SellerFujitsu Automation Limited

(*1) HOAP-1 (acronym stands for Humanoid for Open Architecture Platform)

* All company/product names mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for identification purpose only.

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[About Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.]
Founded in 1968 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited is one of the premier research centers in the world. With a global network of laboratories in Japan, China, the United States and Europe, the organization conducts a wide range of basic and applied research in the areas of Multimedia, Personal Systems, Networks, Peripherals, Advanced Materials and Electronic Devices.

[About Fujitsu]
Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies, best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001.
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