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Iranian humanoid robots

July 12, 2017.

Researchers at the University of Teheran have been working actively for years on robots, specializing in human-size humanoid machines like the impressive Surena III, which stands 1.9 metres tall. Today, they unveiled a smaller, cuter robot, called Surena Mini, whose look is reminiscent of SoftBank Robotics’ Nao. The Mini is 50cm high, weighs 3.4kg and is packed with 20 servomotors powered by a computer operating under ROS (Robot Operating System). Its shell is 3D-printed. “The main purpose of this robot is to provide researchers and students with a reliable robotic platform for educational and research applications”, Aghil Yousefi-Koma, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Tehran, told IEEE Spectrum. Surena Mini will soon be available for 2.6 million Iranian rials, or about CA$10,000.

IEEE Spectrum, “Iran's newest robot is an adorable dancing humanoid.”