Researchers have copied bones, ligaments and muscles to make a robot torso that moves just like a human.
The principles behind the EU-funded ECCERobot project could be used to inspire future robots that are designed to work around people.
Horizon sent a camera crew to France to meet the designers behind the ECCERobot technology, and find out what they plan to do next.
ECCERobot finished at the end of 2011, and the project’s industrial partner, The Robot Studio, is now working on completing the body of the robot. It has also teamed up with Maxon Motors of Switzerland to focus on open source distribution of the designs.
That means people will be able to download and print their own robot using a 3D printer.
Businesses and consumers need to stop thinking of products as things to own and move towards a culture of sharing and repairing if we are to fulfil the ambition of creating a circular economy, according to Felipe Maya, project and innovation manager at sustainable engineering firm Exergy, headquartered in Coventry, UK.
From about 245 to 66 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Although well-preserved skeletons give us a good idea of what they looked like, the way their limbs worked remains a bigger mystery. But computer simulations may soon provide a realistic glimpse into how some species moved and inform work in fields such as robotics, prosthetics and architecture.
As wind turbines become increasingly familiar sights along shorelines, developers of offshore floating platforms, which harness the powerful winds further out to sea, are seeking to establish their technologies as a major viable source of clean energy.
Bill Gates and the European Commission have launched a €100 million investment fund designed to bring radical clean energy technologies more quickly to market in order to promote energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Floating wind turbines could be a clean energy game changer.
Europe's leadership 'more important than ever', says Gates.
A circular economy needs new business models and reusable products, says Felipe Maya.