Video: This swimming android robot from Japan could make lifeguards obsolete

Swumanoid Swimming Robot

The Nakashima Group at Tokyo Institute of Technology has unveiled a prototype robot that can mimic the swimming styles of a human. Why? Because water-bound, homo sapiens weren’t good enough.

Using robotic legs and arms made of various types of material including fiberglass, the Swumanoid can twist and turn almost as gracefully as its living counterparts.

“It can perform a freestyle crawl at 0.64 meters per second and can also do the backstroke and butterfly. In reality, the Swumanoid doesn’t even swim on command all the time.”

In the future, the humanoid robot could be used for rescuing people in the water. Video after the jump.

[Hat tip to Akihabara News]