Iran’s Surena among Top Humanoid Robots in 2020
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced that the home-made humanoid robot “Surena” has been placed among the top 10 robots in 2020.
The vice presidency for science and technology announced on Tuesday that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has chosen Surena IV humanoid robot among the top 10 humanoid robots of 2020.
The fourth version of Surena was unveiled during a ceremony in Tehran University December 2019.
The robot has taken four years to be developed. It stands 170 cm tall, weighs 70 kg, and is able to walk at the speed of 0.7 km/hr.
It can move around the sides, backward and on rough surfaces while remaining upright on uneven ground and is able to lift objects, recognize faces, shake hands, and also kick a soccer ball.
Surena also has the ability to detect 100 voice commands in addition to listening, speaking and converting text into speech; visual ability and the ability to recognize 100 different objects are other features of this robot.
The Iranian humanoid has been making steady progress in the past ten years. The first version of the robot was unveiled in 2008. It had only 8 degrees of freedom (DOF). Surena 2 was unveiled in 2010 and had 22 DOF and could walk at a pace of 0.03 meters per second. The third generation of the robot had 31 DOF and a walking speed nearly 10 times as fast, at 0.2 m/s.
The third version of Surena has been made with a fund of 20 billion rials (about $470,000 at the official rate of 42,000 rials) through four-year efforts of a team of 70 experts.
Surena was a Parthian spahbed ("general" or "commander") during the 1st century BC. He was the leader of the House of Suren and was best known for defeating the Romans in the Battle of Carrhae.
In April last year, Iranian researchers developed a new robotic system that can help people who have lost their ability to walk due to a stroke, spinal cord injury and MS to exercise walking.
“The rehabilitation robot trains people who have had a stroke, spinal cord injury and MS to take steps so that their joints and muscles do not weaken and plays an effective role in increasing their quality of life,” Amin Asadi, the deputy CEO of the knowledge-based company which has developed the robot, said.
He added that the home-made robot’s price is one fifth of the price of robots imported from foreign countries.