Author Murasaki Shikibu Immortalized
"The Tale of Genji," a famous novel in Japan, was written by Murasaki Shikibu. Kyoto University's Robo-Garage has honored her with a robotic replica. Standing 31 cm high and weighing 1.5kg, the bot wears a kimono similar to those worn in the 11th century, the time that the book was written. She has a built-in MP3 player, runs on NiMH batteries and moves with an 8-axis system. Murasaki is so far only a prototype, but Robo-Garage is planning a limited edition of the robotic author.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at July 31, 2008 3:30 PM