Japan Robot Prize Goes to Mechanical Arm

December 20, 2007 By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer in Technology / Robotics
Japan Robot Prize Goes to Mechanical Arm (AP)
Transparent body robot, called Eve, with complex intertwining rubbery tubing inside for honing doctors' skills for surgery on blood vessels is shown to media prior to the awarding ceremony of Japan's Robot of the Year in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. Tugging too hard on the catheter in the make-believe blood vessel elicits a yelp in an electronic voice from the robot: "That doesn't feel good." The robot, one of 13 finalists for the robot award, sells for 250,000 yen (US$2,200; euro1,500). "We made it affordable because we want as many people to take advantage of this as possible," says Seiichi Ikeda, who heads Nagoya University-backed venture. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

(AP) -- A mechanical arm that can grab 120 items a minute from a conveyor belt won Japan's Robot of the Year award Thursday, defeating a dozen flashier finalists, including a walking humanoid and a transparent torso for simulating surgery.

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