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The Mahru/Ahra series of robots have been developed by KIST - the Korean Institute of Science and Technology ? since 2005. The name has a similar root to the difference between 'android', and 'gynoid'. In this case, Mahru refers to a male robot, and Ahra to a female robot. The gender differences are used to drive interaction and vocal differences between the two robot types. Otherwise they are quite similar.
Dictionary: Network Based Humanoid
Resource List: Ahra
A resource list containing resources that discuss Ahra, Mahru's more feminine and demure companion robot series.
VR Interfaces: Mahru-M
Mahru-M was never designed to be a truly functional home help robot, but rather a steppi8ng stone towards the creation of one, which the research team hoped to achieve by 2018. Mahru moved at a glacial pace, but possessed then-revolutionary machine vision skills, that were capable of identifying items in three dimensional space through use of stereoscopic vision, the same as humans.
VR Interfaces: Mahru-R
Like all of the Mahru series, Mahru-R was developed by KIST - the Korean Institute of Science and Technology. Moving on from the extremely slow moving Mahru-M, the R robot was an attempt to fully master walking. Up until the R, all versions of Mahru used linear polynomials to guide their walking process.
VR Interfaces: Mahru-Z
Like all of the Mahru series, Mahru-Z was developed by KIST - the Korean Institute of Science and Technology. This version is the first to finally be potentially ready to serve as a service robot in a home. Albeit a very, very slow home.