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Ecce (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) is a robot based around human anatomy, but rather than taking just the skeletal structure and building normal robotic internals it mirrors our anatomy closely. The ultimate aim is to be the first truly anthropomimetic robot and to find out more about how the human brain works.
The current version is the second in the project, which includes the University of Sussex among its collaborators, and there is an Ecce 3 on the way. That is expected in early 2012
Ecce 2 contains around 80 actuators, one for each 'muscle', and each actuator is made up of a screwdriver motor, gearbox, spindle, a piece of 'kiteline' used as a tendon and an elastic shock cord.
Photo credit: Ben Woods