Pneuborn is a robotic infant simulator that focuses on the development of musculoskeletal systems. It can teach itself to crawl, sit, and stand using pattern generators and learning algorithms.
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The name "Pneuborn" comes from the artificial muscles that the robot uses, which are air-powered.
Pneuborn was designed by Koh Hosoda from Osaka University, in Japan. In 2011, Hosoda and his colleagues unveiled two pneumatically powered robot babies: Pneuborn-7II and Pneuborn-13. Pneuborn-7II is a musculoskeletal infant robot designed to explore the association between cognitive development and movement in infants. It has 19 pneumatic muscles plus a jointed, actuated spine. Pneuborn-13 is an infant-size musculoskeletal robot driven by pneumatic actuators that's learning to crawl, stand, and walk.