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  World's first running robot demo
Updated 18 December 2003, 18.16
Sony's dancing and running robot, named Qrio
A small step for a robot could turn out to be a giant leap for robotkind.

Sony has showed a new version of its Qrio robot that can jog at a top speed of 14 metres per minute.

Running is a much more difficult task for a robot to perform as both of the machine's feet must be off the floor at the same time.

In a demonstration on Thursday, the 58cm high robot was shown walking, kicking a ball, climbing a slope as well as dancing to music.

Sony said it had to make changes to the robot's joints and central processor to make the jump and keep it upright while jogging and dancing.

Sony's Qiro robot

Qrio has two digital cameras on board that help it learn about its surroundings and recognise up to 10 faces.

The future

Although it can't yet talk, its developers say they eventually want to see Qrio sing a song on a TV Singing Contest.

Unfortunately, there are no plans yet to bring out a version able to do homework!

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