ECCEROBOT (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) is a three-year project funded by the 7th  framework programme of the EU (ICT-Challenge 2, “Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics”). It has three goals: to build the first truly anthropomimetic  robot; to find out how to control it; and finally, to investigate its human-like  cognitive features.

The ECCERobot project ultimately aims to “democratise” robots by greatly simplifying the process of building and controlling a genuinely useful robot.

A robot that not only looks like the human body on the outside but one that works in essentially the same way on the inside, mechanically speaking at least.

The human body is made up of stiff bones moved by elastic muscles and tendons – a robot made this way is called a compliant robot

Until now, almost every humanoid robot built in the real world, that is to say not in films, has been based on the robot technology that was developed in the 70’s and 80’s to automate factories.

This seemed entirely sensible as factory technology is economically proven, technically well understood and reliable.

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