Tuesday, Aug. 04, 2009

Robot Runway

Watch out, Gisele: there's a new fashion phenom in town. Top model HRP-4C, another robotic humanoid, made her catwalk debut at a Tokyo fashion show in early 2009. At just over 5 ft. (1.5 m) tall and 95 lb. (43 kg), HRP-4C is modeled after a typical Japanese female frame. Developed by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, HRP-4C boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of real fashion models, as exhibited in her latest show for Japanese designer Yumi Katsura, to the beats of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Walk it, girl!