ECCE is a humanoid robot that uses artificial bones, muscles, and tendons to move like you do. It can safely interact with people, including being hugged. That is, if anyone will ever want to hug it.
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ECCE stands for "Embodied Cognition and Compliant Engineering."
The goal of the ECCEROBOT project is to create an anthropomimetic robot whose body moves and interacts with the physical world in the same way our flesh bodies do. The researchers used thermoplastic polymer, elastic cords, and other soft, flexible materials to build the torso, arms, and hands. The ECCE robot series was designed and built as part of the ECCEROBOT (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot) project, funded by the European Commission. The project produced three robots: ECCE1, the ECCEROBOT2 Design Study (EDS), and ECCE3. All robots were designed and built by The Robot Studio. Later robots included electronic components and control software designed by the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Additional software components for modeling, control, and analysis were produced by the University of Sussex, TUM, the University of Belgrade, and the University of Zurich. ECCE1 was unveiled in 2009; the EDS model was unveiled in 2010, and ECCE3 in 2011. ECCE3, which has simplified hands and neck, is mounted on a wheeled base and incorporates additional sensors, electronics, and software from the partner universities.