Canadian robotic firm Dr. Robot started what turned out to be the longest- running research project their company has done in 2001. The project yielded a dynamically walking bipedal robot that would only cost you a personal computer.
The HR project aimed to create a robot that is very affordable yet functions as any other biped robot in the market today.
So far, this project has developed 7 generations of robot prototypes and the latest is the HR-7 robot. This robot is the result of four years of hard biped motion research, and provides some basic enhancements as compared to its predecessors.
The HR-7 robot has five fingers, compared to its predecessors’ pincer grips. It also utilizes a recharging technology allowing it to recharge itself in less than 5 minutes.
This robot is also quite stable and can even get up by itself if it gets knocked over or trips. Furthermore, the HR-7 was further enhanced with a dynamic gait and an improved physical appearance and functional forms.