The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s newest robot platform, called the Coco robot, debuted in 2000. This gorilla-like research robot is part of the Boston-based institution’s humanoid robotics group’s robot, but unlike its previous robots, the Coco is designed to walk around.
It is meant for social interactions. Despite its minute size, the mobility of this robot allows it to have greater autonomy not found in other platforms.
The robotic group also hopes that one day they can find a way to check the impact of a fully mobile body on behaviours, interactions, and intelligence. They are looking for ways to make this robot discover important aspects, without being dependent on a human.