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Turkey’s First Humanoid Robot Is Slow As Hell (Videos)

By / 10.18.10

I’d like to start a contagious slow clap right now for the country of Turkey. Researchers at Sabanci University have just unveiled the country’s first humanoid robot, making Turkey just one step closer to the apocalyptic wasteland that Sarah Connor predicted. Named SURALP (Sabanci University Robot Research Laboratory Platform), the humanoid project has been in development all the way back to 2002, with a hefty price tag of around one million large.

SURALP stands 164cm (5’4″) tall and weighs 114kg (251 lbs). It has 29 degrees of freedom (2 arms x6, 2 legs x6, neck x2, torso x1) and is equipped with cameras for vision. It can maintain balance on various inclines using a combination of gyro sensors and accelerometers, and will reach out its arm to steady itself against a wall if it falters. [Plasticpals]

But don’t get your panties all in a bunch just yet, Turkey’s unofficial Autobot isn’t all that meets the eye. Demonstration videos are displayed after the jump, but I warn you this Turkish humanoid is slower than Forrest Gump before the leg braces came off. Cool robot? Of course. Quick and hasty? Nay, I say. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.

Slowest demonstrations ever after the jump:

The Prehistoric Crawl:

Grandpas’s Wall Brace:

Upper Body Workout:

The Claw of Nothing:

Slow Ass Incline:



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